Cultural Exchange on the Northern Silk Road

01.04.2009 to 03.01.2010

The Asian Art Museum proudly presents a selection of objects from its famous Turfan Collection. The collection takes its name from the first of four Royal Prussian expeditions made on the northern Silk Road (in today's Uyghur autonomous region of Xinjiang in China) between 1902 and 1914.

The objects on display illustrate the close ties between the oasis towns on the Silk Road. Among the exhibits are silk fragments with ornamental patterns, paintings in gold, as well as clay and wood sculptures from the 3rd to the 13th century which originate primarily from Buddhist temples. The aim of the exhibition is to use the various artefacts to explain the close ties between the many workshops along the Silk Road as well as to give an impression of their mutual influence through iconographic and stylistic elements.

The exhibition sees the presentation of the most modern scientific research findings in a joint project between the Chinese Cultural Centre (Berlin), the Berlin State Library, the International Dunhuang Project (London), the Turfan Studies Academy Project of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen.