A new exhibit of Tibetan art in Berlin offers a rare chance to see treasures from ancient Buddhist monasteries, but is also being criticized as whitewashing China's treatment of Tibet's ancient culture.
Curator Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch said the exhibit at the Museum of Asian Art was a unique opportunity to see masterpieces that are not found in other museums.
'There has never been an exhibition in which the objects came directly from the monasteries in central Tibet. In that sense, this is a world premiere,' Lee-Kalisch said.
The exhibit, which runs through May 28, consists of about 150 works, many of which have never left Tibet. They were gathered from the collections of five monasteries, two museums, the now-exiled Dalai Lama's Potala Palace in Lhasa and his summer palace in Norbulingka.