The Forbidden City Palace Museum Beijing, China, People’s Republic of China holds a large-scale exhibition reflecting the history of ethnic relations in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, “Xiangkai Vientiane–The Forbidden City and Tibetan Cultural Relics Joint Exhibition” will be on display at the Meridian Gate on April 29th 2023 towards 30th of September 2023.
On April 28, 2023, the opening ceremony of “Auspicious Opening of Vientiane—Joint Exhibition of the Forbidden City and Tibetan Cultural Relics” was held at the Palace Museum. Wang Xudong, member of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and director of the Palace Museum, Zhong Tingxiong, deputy director of the Propaganda Department of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, Zhang Xuxia, deputy director of the General Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Lian Xiangmin, deputy director-general of the China Tibetology Research Center, protection of historical sites in China Song Xinchao, chairman of the association and former deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Qu Zhen, deputy secretary of the party group and director of the Tibet Autonomous Region Cultural Relics Bureau, Yang Fan, secretary of the Party Committee of the National Museum of China, Fayan, deputy director of the National Cultural Palace, Zha Xia, director of the Tibetan Culture Museum, Chinese Buddhist Master Yanjue, the president of the association, relevant departments and bureaus of the Central Propaganda Department and the Central United Front Work Department, relevant comrades in charge of cultural museums in Beijing, relevant associations, team members of the Palace Museum, and leaders of retirement homes attended the opening ceremony. Du Haijiang, Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice President of the Palace Museum, Deji Zhuoga, Deputy Secretary of the Party Group and Director of the Department of Culture of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and Yang Xun, the representative of the Xuri Charity Foundation and the vice chairman and general manager of Xuri Group Co., Ltd. Speech at the ceremony. Ren Wanping, vice president of the Palace Museum, presided over the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
“Xiangkai Vientiane-The Forbidden City and Tibetan Cultural Relics Joint Exhibition” is jointly organized by the Palace Museum and the Cultural Relics Bureau of the Tibet Autonomous Region, with special support from the Rising Sun Charity Foundation. The exhibition hall of Yanchi Building is open to the audience. Guided by General Secretary Xi Jinping’s thought that “cultural identity is the deepest level of identity, the root of national unity and the soul of national harmony”, combined with the construction of the “Four Forbidden City” system of the Palace Museum, it is a cultural and The display of the results of the Ministry of Tourism’s Tibet-aid project “Research on the Chinese Nation Community Based on the Forbidden City and Tibetan Cultural Relics” is also a large-scale comprehensive exhibition reflecting the history of ethnic relations in the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The exhibition reflects the latest relevant scientific research achievements of the Palace Museum in the past five years, explores the cultural connotations behind the cultural relics, shows the exchanges, exchanges and integration between Tibet and the mainland and the court embodied in the cultural relics, and composes a splendid chapter of national unity and progress.
Du Haijiang, Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice President of the Palace Museum, said in his speech that the exhibition takes forging the consciousness of the Chinese nation’s community as its starting point and foothold. The emotional bond and spiritual belonging of the nation prove the necessity and forward-lookingness of forging a sense of community of the Chinese nation. For thousands of years, people of various ethnic groups in Tibet and inland have been in frequent contact with each other, helping each other, and being brothers and sisters. The Forbidden City, where the Palace Museum is located, is a witness to the exchanges, exchanges, and integration between Tibet and the mainland of the motherland, and a historical witness to the continuous formation of the consciousness of the Chinese nation community. Based on the close historical relationship between cultural relics and the interaction between cultural relics and the design of the exhibition hall, the exhibition reproduces the historical facts of exchanges, exchanges and integration between Tibet and the mainland, and restores the great process of the Chinese nation’s community consciousness from formation to consolidation in history.
Deji Zhuoga, director of the Cultural Department of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said in his speech that this exhibition is an in-depth implementation of the spirit of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important exposition on cultural relics work by the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Palace Museum. It is an important exhibition held to firmly grasp the consciousness of the community of the Chinese nation and build a common spiritual home for the Chinese nation. The exhibition showcases the long history and splendid culture of the Forbidden City and Tibet, demonstrates the extensive exchanges and in-depth integration between Tibet and other parts of the motherland, and witnesses the diverse and colorful Chinese culture. As a large area of cultural relics resources, Tibet has made all-round progress and historic achievements in promoting the protection and utilization of cultural relics in recent years. Cultural relics have played an important role in forging the consciousness of the Chinese nation community and promoting Tibet’s long-term stability and high-quality development.
Yang Xun, the representative of the Xuri Charity Foundation and the vice chairman and general manager of Xuri Group Co., Ltd., who specially supported the exhibition, said that Chinese culture is a synthesis of the cultures of all ethnic groups and a common spiritual home for people of all ethnic groups. “Prosperity in Vientiane—Joint Exhibition of Cultural Relics from the Forbidden City and Tibet” tells the moving story of exchanges, exchanges, and integration between Tibet and various ethnic groups in the mainland through cultural relics research. Glorious Sun Group has strengthened its cultural self-confidence for many years and helped the inheritance and protection of Chinese culture. This support for the exhibition is what Glorious Sun Group should and must do for the inheritance and protection of Chinese culture.
“Auspicious Blossoms – The Forbidden City and Tibetan Cultural Relics Joint Exhibition” is divided into three parts: “Flowers Blooming All Over the Road – Communication between Tibet and the Mainland”, “Flowers and Leafs – Identity and Destination” and “Spring Blossoms and Autumn Fruits – Fruitful Cultural Achievements”. The theme unit uses “flowers” to symbolize the process of integration between Tibet and various ethnic groups in the interior. The exhibition exhibited 108 pieces (sets) of cultural relics, including 13 pieces (sets) of cultural relics from various units under the Tibet Autonomous Region Cultural Relics Bureau and the Sakya Monastery Management Committee, and 95 pieces (sets) of cultural relics from the Palace Museum. In addition to the well-known calligraphy and painting exhibits such as Yan Liben of the Tang Dynasty “Bucharian Picture” and Zhao Mengfu’s “Emperor’s Danba Stele Scroll” of the Yuan Dynasty, there are also a large number of cultural relics that meet the audience for the first time, such as the “Manchu Collection” collected by the Palace Museum. The Sutra, the statue of Emperor Yongle in the Potala Palace, and the thangkas of Kublai Khan first seen in the Sakya Temple, etc., fully demonstrate the diversity of styles and artistic charm of Tibetan-themed cultural relics.
According to the protection requirements of cultural relics and reference practices, the calligraphy and painting works of the Song and Yuan Dynasties and before in the exhibition will be replaced with replicas after one month of exhibition.
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