The diffusion of Buddhism from India throughout Asia has left a legacy of truly great art. This sumptuous new film tells the story of that fragile inheritance through the treasures of Bhutan and Ladakh in the Himalayas and through the Mogao Grottoes on the Silk Road in China. Efforts to save vulnerable wall paintings in these regions are contrasted with imminent threats of fire, flood, tourists, and devotional practice.
The Getty Conservation Institute’s long-term involvement at the Mogao Grottoes is featured in this documentary by award-winning Mark Stewart Productions.
The screening will be followed by a brief Q & A with David Park, Director of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at the Courtauld Institute, London. He is also Director of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department at the Courtauld, a graduate-level program with students from around the world, and oversees conservation and research projects in Bhutan, India, and many other countries.
November 13, 2014
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Running time: 54 minutes