Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Mogao Caves, the Subject of a New Exhibit at the Getty Center

By Antonie Boessenkool
One of the three replicated caves in The Getty Center’s new exhibit “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China?s Silk Road”. The caves are exact replicas of existing ancient caves in the Gobi desert. The exhibit is a realization of a 25 year effort to bring the caves to Los Angele. — Matt Masin, staff photographer
CALIFORNIA---A bit of China has arrived in Los Angeles, in the form of an extensive exhibit at the Getty Center that re-creates an ancient landmark along the legendary Silk Road. The Cave Temples of Dunhuang, also called the Mogao Caves, is a complex of almost 500 caves in northwest China that was active between the fourth and 14th centuries. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The caves were a thriving center for Buddhism. [link]