Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan Exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art

Exhibition combines majestic sixth-century Chinese Buddhist sculptures with digital components to reconstruct and contextualize damaged cave temples

The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery present Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan, a major new traveling exhibition that traces the historical origins, tragic despoliation, and digital reconstruction of one of the most important groups of Buddhist devotional sites in early medieval China. Drawing on a multi-year research and 3- D imaging project based at the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, the exhibition mixes ancient objects from Xiangtangshan—considered among the finest achievements of Chinese sculpture—with innovative digital components, including a video installation that provides an immersive, kinetic re-creation of one of the largest stone temples.

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