The Story of Tibet
Come and visit the exhibition ‘The Story of Tibet’ at the Náprstek Museum!Location:
Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Betlémské nám. 1, Praha 1
Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American cultures presents an exhibition dedicated to Tibet and Tibetan culture. Over three hundred items from the museum’s collections will be on show, and not only from Central Tibet, but also from the wider area of influence of the Tibetan culture.
The exhibition presents the history of Tibet from the second half of the first millennium CE to the present. It relates the main historical events, important figures and basic concepts of Tibetan culture. In addition to splendid temple paintings and ritual objects, there will also be interesting sacred folk art. Among the most significant exhibits are an 18th century Tibetan Buddha painting, a portrait of a high-ranking monk from the Summer Palace of the Manchu Qing Dynasty Emperors, and a beautifully decorated gilded statue of the goddess Tara.
Although nowadays Tibet is a popular destination for travellers, for a long time it was considered to be a mysterious and inaccessible country. According to available sources, the first European to reside in Tibet was a monk of Czech origin, Odorik, in the 14th century. Between 1954 and 1955, Tibet, including its capital Lhasa, was captured in the photographs of the outstanding cinematographer, Josef Vaniš. His unique photographs form an important part of this exhibition.
Become a traveller for a little while and set off for the mountains on the other side of the world, for a journey of understanding to the religion and culture which still fascinates and attracts humankind. Do not leave your little travellers at home; there is a surprise ready for them, too.
Thanks to our mobile application through the exhibition, you will be able to learn in detail about the rich iconography of Tibetan Buddhism, which you can study offline in the comfort of your home.