Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan | Smart Museum of Art | Museums | Chicago Reader

Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan Member Picks Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Sept. 30-Jan. 16 2011

Carved into the mountains of northern China, the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan were the crowning cultural achievement of the sixth-century Northern Qi dynasty. Once home to a magnificent array of sculptures—monumental Buddhas, elaborate attendant figures, and crouching monsters framed by floral motifs—the limestone caves were severely damaged in the first half of the twentieth century. During the past six years, however, the caves have become the focus of a research and reconstruction project based at the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, culminating in this ground-breaking new exhibit.

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