The region around Dunhuang is forbidding,but it once was once part of a busy trade route. Between the fourth and 14th centuries, it was also a center of devotion.
“If you ever have been there, you will not forget it 500 caves, all painted, with sculptures,and it is an astonishing place of contemplation and of worship.”
Since 1989, the Getty Conservation Institute has helped Chinese experts to protect the site.
“It’s not just flaking paint.It’s sandstorms, it’s hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.So you have to pick apart all the various challenges, which we’ve done with the Dunhuang Academy, the stewards of the site.”
The caves were closed for many centuries but today host nearly 1 million visitors a year.
“It is a very big challenge. We need to balance conservation and tourism.”
The Getty Museum in Los Angeles will display three full-size replicas of caves and their paintings,so visitors can experience the art without going to China.
The exhibition will tell the story of the caves, said Ted Lipman of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, one of the sponsors.“What we’re looking at will not just be the art itself but looking at the work that has been done through international cooperation to preserve these resources for the world to enjoy.”The exhibit, “Cave Temples of Dunhuang” will open in Los Angeles in May next year.
赞助者之一何鸿毅家族基金会(The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation)的Ted Lipman说，这一展览将讲述石窟的故事。“我们将看到的不仅仅是这些艺术品，还有通过国际合作保护资源所取得的成果。”“敦煌石窟” 展览将于明年5月在洛杉矶开幕。
Mike O’Sullivan VOA news，LOS ANGELES
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