At the invitation of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, Dr Wang Xudong, Director of the Palace Museum, delivered a lecture titled ‘The Future of Tradition: Case Studies of Dunhuang and the Palace Museum’ on 16 December 2019, at Freespace in the West Kowloon Cultural District. This lecture, which attracted nearly 400 attendees, was his first in Hong Kong since taking up the directorship of the Palace Museum in April 2019. Dr Wang shared his expertise in preserving two World Heritage Sites – Dunhuang and the Palace Museum. He also offered new insights into questions such as how to connect Chinese traditional culture to people’s lives today and how to bring it into the twenty-first century. After the lecture, Dr Wang answered questions from the attendees.

Dr Wang addressed a number of issues relating to how to broaden and deepen the impact of Chinese culture as epitomized by the museum. Dr Wang also commented on the preservation of, and research projects into the amazing collection at the Palace Museum. In his lecture, Dr Wang noted that the Palace Museum represents the pinnacle of Chinese art and the museum’s collection embodies the best of Chinese culture. The Mogao Caves located in the desert are a crowning achievement of Buddhist art in China from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries. In Dr Wang’s view, the Palace Museum, as a guardian of cultural heritage, plays a crucial role in preserving, studying, and bringing forward Chinese culture. It also has a mission to connect the past and the future, as well as to demonstrate the value of Chinese culture to the public and the international community creatively and impactfully.

Putonghua, with simultaneous interpretation in English

16 December 2019 (Monday)


Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Dr Wang Xudong, Director of the Palace Museum

Dr Louis Ng, Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum

Free admission

About the Speaker:

Dr Wang Xudong, Director of the Palace Museum

Serving previously as the Director of the Dunhuang Academy, Dr Wang has made major contributions to the preservation of caves, murals, and earthen sites at Dunhuang, the main gateway to the Silk Road. From 1991 onwards, he directed and participated in more than sixty major conservation and research projects and published more than 170 academic papers and six monographs. During his twenty-eight-year tenure at the Academy, he dedicated himself to the promotion of Dunhuang Academy’s heritage and research in the international arena, and the digitisation of the Mogao Caves. His tenure as the Director of the Palace Museum began as the Forbidden City is approaching its 600th anniversary.