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  • Guoying Stacy Zhang

Tibet on the Silk Road from a Curator’s Eye: An Exhibition Tour with Dr. David Pritzker

A groundbreaking exhibition, titled “Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road: Masterpieces of the Tubo Period (7th–9th Century),” opened in Dunhuang in China’s Gansu Province on 2 July. Jointly organized by the Dunhuang Academy and the Pritzker Art Collaborative, the exhibition is intended to illustrate the dynamic and complex cultural landscape when Tubo, more commonly known as the Tibetan empire in English, flourished on the Silk Road.

In the spirit of the Silk Road, the exhibition brought together 140 artifacts from 31 international museums and cultural institutions. Among them, the Abegg-Stiftung in Switzerland, the Art Institute of Chicago, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, the Al Thani Collection in Qatar, the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum in Japan, and more than 20 Chinese counterparts ranging from the Palace Museum to the Ngari Prefecture Zhada County Cultural Relics Bureau in the Tibet Autonomous Region, alongside several private collections. Despite the remoteness of the venue, people flew in from across the world to celebrate this great occasion of international collaboration and cultural exchange.

Opening ceremony of the exhibition. Image courtesy of Pritzker Art Collaborative

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