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Viewers observe Cave 220’s mural of Bhaisajyaguru’s Eastern Pure Land as depicted inside the digital cave. ©ALiVE, CityU, and Dunhuang Academy

Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang

Visitor Information

December 1–December 9, 2012; 10 am–5:30 pm

Moongate Garden, Enid A. Haupt Garden
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20560

Admission is free but requires timed tickets, which can be picked up at the Sackler information desk daily, beginning on Saturday, December 1. A limited number of tickets are available for 15 minute blocks throughout the day. Last ticket time is 5:15 p.m. Some ticket times may not be available each day. Tickets are only available for a given day and are first-come, first-served. Reservations for future days are not available.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The exhibition is also supported by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Office of the Secretary of the Smithsonian. We acknowledge with gratitude the Dunhuang Academy and the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. The project was conceived and designed by Sarah Kenderdine, Jeffrey Shaw, and the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), City University of Hong Kong, in association with and using visual data recorded by the Dunhuang Academy. It was originally made possible by the Friends of Dunhuang Hong Kong and Gabriel Yu, chair of the Executive Committee of the Friends of Dunhuang Hong Kong.

Credits: project conception and direction, Sarah Kenderdine, Jeffrey Shaw (CityU); project donor, Gabriel Yu (chair, Executive Committee of Friends of Dunhuang Hong Kong); interpretation, Lou Jie (Dunhuang Academy); Cave 220 dataset, Wu Jian (Dunhuang Academy); advisor, Lee Mei-Yin (special researcher with Dunhuang Academy, Friends of Dunhuang Hong Kong); software application, Mo Luk and Leith Chan; AVIE Projection Environment, UNSW iCinema Centre and Immersive Realisation; projectors, Projectiondesign.

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