China’s largest Taoist temple starts the largest mural restoration project in history
China News Service, Yuncheng, June 10th (Reporter Hu Jian) China’s largest Taoist palace, Yongle Palace, has launched the largest mural restoration project in history. This is what the reporter learned from the Yongle Palace Mural Conservation Research Institute in Shanxi Province on the 10th. of.
Yongle Palace was built in the second year of Dingzong Yuan (1247). It has a history of more than 700 years. The county’s Chunyang Palace is also known as the “Three Grand Patriarchs” of Quanzhen Sect. Among them, the mural with an area of more than 1,000 square meters is the most complete Taoist mural in existence in China, and is known as the “Oriental Art Gallery”.
The staff of the Cultural Relics Protection Technical Service Center of Dunhuang Academy are repairing the murals. Photo by Hu Jian
In October 2014, cultural relics experts conducted field investigations on the Yongle Palace murals. In June 2016, the Cultural Relics Protection Technical Service Center of Dunhuang Research Institute conducted a detailed survey of the Yongle Palace murals and formulated the “Mural Protection and Restoration Design Plan”, and found that the Yongle Palace murals had problems such as peeling, peeling, and chalking of the paint layer.
In January 2019, with the approval of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China, the Cultural Relics Conservation Technical Service Center of Dunhuang Research Institute carried out an experimental restoration of some murals in the Dragon and Tiger Hall of Yongle Palace. In 2021, the protection and restoration project of the Longhu Temple and Chongyang Temple murals will be launched. The diseased area of the Dragon and Tiger Temple murals this time is 195 square meters, and the diseased area of the Chongyang Temple murals is 353 square meters.
According to Xi Jiulong, director of the Yongle Palace Mural Conservation Research Institute in Shanxi Province, the murals of Yongle Palace are world-renowned, and their painting time is slightly earlier than the European Renaissance. This mural restoration is the largest in the history of Yongle Palace. The mural restoration project of Dragon Tiger Palace and Chongyang Palace alone lasted for two years.
p >The staff of the Cultural Relics Protection Technical Service Center of Dunhuang Academy are repairing the murals. Photo by Hu Jian
The Cultural Relics Protection Technical Service Center of Dunhuang Academy was established in 1999. It is currently one of the professional technical teams in the field of ancient murals and earthen ruins protection in China. Previously, he had undertaken to complete more than 100 national key cultural relics protection projects in more than 10 provinces (regions) including Gansu, Xinjiang, Tibet, Qinghai, Shanxi, Shandong, etc. (End)