Getty to show exact replicas of art-filled Buddhist caves in China

Buddhist Art News

Mogao Grottoes in China The Mogao Grottoes, a vast network of 492 caves in China, are covered with Buddhist murals. Exact replicas of three of the painted caves will come to the Getty Center in a 2016 show that also will include artifacts from the caves. (Neville Agnew / J. Paul Getty Trust)

Los Angeles Times

By MIKE BOEHM

The Getty will mount an exhibition rising from a 26-year art conservation project it has sponsored in China

Exact, roofed-in replicas of three Chinese Buddhist temple caves and their murals to go on display at Getty

Showing replicas of artworks instead of the real thing is usually anathema to an art museum, but the J. Paul Getty Trust on Tuesday showed why that rule has its exceptions.

The Getty Trust fleshed out details of its 2016 exhibition “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road,” which will include complete, exact, walk-in replicas of…

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