University of Tartu celebrates 30 years of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Mongolia with an exhibition about Buddhist culture
On 20 October at 11, the exhibition “Hundred glances at Mongolia. Mandala – the Temple of Secret Tantra” is opened in the White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Mongolia.
The exhibition features more than 50 photos of the treasures of Buddhist ritual arts – statues, icons, texts, musical instruments, masks and costumes – from the Choijin Lama Temple in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar and of the beautiful architecture of this historical complex. The exhibition also exposes thangkas – Buddhist religious paintings – and ritual instruments from the personal collection of Peeter Vähi.
The exhibition will be opened by Rector of the University of Tartu Professor Toomas Asser and Ambassador of Mongolia to the Kingdom of Sweden Janabazar Tuvdendorj. Honorary Consul of Mongolia in Estonia Liisi Karindi and Head of the University of Tartu Centre for Oriental Studies Alevtina Solovyeva also give a speech.
The opening will be followed by academic presentations: President of the Estonian Oriental Society Märt Läänemets speaks about the symbols of Buddhist sacral art and Mungunchimeg Batmunkh, Researcher at the University of Bern Institute for the Science of Religion, about the new traditions of the Mongolian Tsam ritual (mask dance). Also, the documentaries “Visiting Genghis Khan” (by Peeter Vähi) and “Mongolia” are shown.
The exhibition reached the University of Tartu Museum thanks to the Embassy of Mongolia to the Kingdom of Sweden, the Estonian Oriental Society, the Orient Festival and the University of Tartu Institute of Cultural Research.
The exhibition will remain open at the University of Tartu Museum until 20 November 2021.
Sirje Üprus, Head of International Protocol, University of Tartu, 509 7117, sirje.uprus [ät] ut.ee
Alevtina Solovyeva, Head of the University of Tartu Centre for Oriental Studies, 5828 5869, alevtina.solovyeva [ät] ut.ee