Journey to Tibet
- 11. 10. 2016 – 4. 12. 2016
On the occasion of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama arrival to Prague, where he traditionally attends the conference Forum 2000, the National Gallery in Prague presents several photographs of Josef Vaniš (1927–2009) in the hall The Art of Tibetan Buddhism. On their way to Lhasa in 1954, the photographer and cameraman Vaniš and the filmmaker Vladimír Sís had a chance to meet His Holiness Dalai Lama and take his very first official portrait, which soon became to be famous worldwide. This unique photograph is the central motif of the displayed selection of photographs. It is accompanied by pictures of the old Lhasa, capturing Tibetan culture in its utmost authentic form, still undisturbed by the Chinese occupation. The National Gallery displays the photographs – first presented sixty years ago – to remind the cultural wealth of Tibet and the fate of its inhabitants.