Tang mural exhibition goes virtual with online visitor portal at CityU

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A virtual exhibition on murals from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) were presented at the website of The Indra and Harry Banga Gallery of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) in mid-May.

Entitled A Glimpse of Tang Prosperity from Murals – The Exhibition Tour on Murals of the Tang Dynasty, the exhibition is jointly organized by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), National Cultural Heritage Administration, Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Administration and Hong Kong Rosamond Foundation.

The virtual exhibition was derived from a physical one currently on display at The Indra and Harry Banga Gallery at CityU. It was made possible with the help of latest new media technologies. According to the organizers, such arrangement was to tone down the negative effects brought about by the COVID-19 epidemic, and engage more Hong Kong people, especially the young generation, to the exhibition.

The online exhibition was themed with mural culture of the Tang Dynasty and attracted much more attention from Hong Kong people. Thanks to the adoption of digital technology, the magnificence of Chang'an, the capital city of the Tang Dynasty, the positive social conduct and brilliant cultural exchanges during the dynasty as well as mural protection and restoration work were displayed vividly. It is worth mentioning that audience could immerse in the panorama of the prosperous dynasty through a 360° virtual tour.

Dr. Herman Hu Shao-ming, founding president of Hong Kong Rosamond Foundation and member of the council of the CSCLF, said that this online exhibition had forwarded the splendor of the Tang Dynasty to more audiences, encouraging Hong Kong people, especially the younger generation, to learn more about Chinese history and become fans, protectors and inheritors of the fine traditional Chinese culture.

The online exhibition will be permanent, and seminars and discussions will be organized to help Hong Kong youth gain a better understand of the Chinese culture.

An exhibition on murals from the Tang Dynasty opened at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on December 2, 2021. This marked the first time Tang Dynasty murals were showcased on Hong Kong and Macao campuses. The exhibition will continue until June 12, 2022.

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