"Painting the Snowland • Dreaming with Ingenuity—Exhibition of Elaborate Thangka Paintings of Qinghai"Raised the Curtain in NAMOC
Qinghai Thangka Art was originated in Tongren County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province, which was called “Regong” in history. In Tibetan language, “Thangka” has the meaning of “scroll painting”. Thangka, colorful plastic, barbola (piling embroidery) and wood engraving are collectively referred to as “Regong Art”. Thangka is another representative type of Regong Art. In 2009, it was officially included into UNESCO List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. After the 18th century, a large number of Regong artists traveled along with their artworks, and toured throughout Sichuan, Gansu and other places all over the country, as well as Mongolia, India, Nepal and other countries. They left behind a large number of precious paintings. These artists drew on others’ successful experience in their visits and absorbed all the best, and they finally gave birth to a unique artistic style of exquisite workmanship, rich color and high decorativeness. As an important part of the traditional Chinese culture and art, Thangka is a historical witness to the common development and common prosperity of all ethnic groups in China. At the same time, as an intangible cultural heritage belonging to the whole mankind, Thangka also becomes an art treasure in the global culture arena.
Thangka is the perfect crystallization of regional cultural heritage, national spiritual wisdom and personal artistic talent. Thangka mirrors art-oriented social history, gives pure expression of spiritual life and indicates the way of belief for goodness and beauty. Therefore, Thangka is of unique significance and value to society, culture and life in the current new era.
This exhibition sheds light on Regong Thangka Art, and brings together 48 hand-painted masterpieces by from 31 old, middle-aged and young national-class and provincial-class masters of arts and crafts from Xining, Yushu, Guoluo, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai. The exhibits fall in Painted Thangka, Red Thangka, Black Thangka and Golden Thangka and other categories. Both traditional themes and innovative contents of modern life are highlighted so that this exhibition represents the new attainment of Qinghai Thangka Painting Art. The organizers not only wish that visitors can be impressed by unique charm of Qinghai Thangka Painting Art through this exhibition, but also further approach and understand Qinghai and explore for mysterious and time-honored history and brilliant culture of Qinghai Plateau through this exhibition. A large-scale original national dance drama called Thangka, created by Qinghai Province, roots for this exhibition during the exhibition period. Thangka was presented at Beijing Poly Theatre on January 17-18, 2018. Dance drama Thangka is extensively applauded by audiences and unanimous praised by experts in recent months.
The exhibition is open for visitors in Exhibition Halls 10, 11 and 18, and will last until January 28, 2018 (No Entry on Mondays).