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Exhibition showcases Tibetan culture

December 5, 2007

12-04-2007 10:17

To many people, Tibet is a land of Buddhist monks and endless plateaus.
To Ye Xingsheng, an internationally renowned painter who has spent years
collecting and championing Tibet's culture and art, the region is filled
with cultural treasures. As Yang Ran explains, a recent exhibition at
the Capital Museum in Beijing reveals Ye's devotion to the region.

Some 480 items are on exhibit here in the museum, all of them works
attesting to Tibet's cultural heritage, and all of them are here thanks
to Ye Xingsheng's effort.

Divided into two categories, "Folk Customs" and "Religious Art," the
exhibition showcases every facet of Tibet's rich culture, featuring
clothes and ornaments, furniture and sculpture, statues of Buddha and
scroll paintings known as Thangka.

Ye Xingsheng, painter and collector, said, "The items on display in Folk
Customs show the cradle of Tibetan culture. It is where religion was
born. You can see the region's 4000-year history, its people's
inventions, their ultimate pursuit of beauty, and their wisdom and
diligence through the exhibition."

Ye began collecting seriously in 1985, when he finished seven murals for
the Tibetan Hall in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The work
took him five years to complete, and it has won him wide acclaim and
encouraged him to discover more of the mysteries of the Tibetan plateau.

In 1999, Ye Xingsheng donated his entire collection, around some 2,300
art works in all, to the Tibet Museum. The items in the current
exhibition was assembled by him in the last eight years. To Ye, it's
something of a summation.

Ye said, "It's a conclusion to my 40 years of collection. I would like
to let people know that even ordinary people like me can contribute to
the protection of cultural heritage. And the values of art and history
are far more significant than money. I will dedicate myself to research
and painting in the future, and Tibet will remain my main theme."

Ye Xingsheng's most cherished wish right now is to make everyone aware
of the tremendous value of China's diverse minority cultures, so that
more people will join him to discover and protect these cultural treasures.

The exhibition in Beijing runs until Wednesday.

Editor:Liu Fang
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