17 February 2016
Screening of Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance at UBC’s Frederic Wood theatre, with Introduction by Professor David Park, Director of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Free — no registration required. Click here for a map to the theatre.
The spread of Buddhism from India throughout Asia has left a legacy of truly great art. This sumptuous new film by award-winning filmmakers Mark Stewart Productions tells the story of that fragile inheritance through the treasures of Bhutan and Ladakh in the Himalayas and the Dunhuang Grottoes on the Silk Road in China. Efforts to save valuable wall paintings in these regions are contrasted with imminent threats of fire, flood, tourists, and devotional practice. The film focuses on the conservation work undertaken by the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) in collaboration with the Dunhuang Academy, Getty Conservation Institute and Bhutan’s Department of Culture. It also highlights the Courtauld’s efforts to promote awareness and understanding of the issues involved in conserving Buddhist art, through teaching and through the Buddhist Art Forum, a major conference sponsored by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.