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1913 – 2013: 100 years since the Treaty of Independence
The exhibition with accompanying programs will run from 6 March to 1 April 2013
Most of the photographs for the exhibition comes from the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) and their publication was kindly allowed by the Director Venerable Geshe Lhakdor.
Exhibition to the 100th anniversary of the Treaty Between Tibet and Mongolia on the mutual recognition of independence from China after the collapse of the Chinese empire offer closer look on historical, cultural and Political Development of Tibet not only in the last hundred years. The aim of the Potala civic association is to show important moments in history, causes and context that shaped the fate of Tibet, and introduce historical figures, some of whom these moments actively influenced and others were victims of manipulation or abuse. Tibetans express their disagreement and dissatisfaction with China's harsh attitude and refuse of any discussion not only with protests and demonstrations, but also with the ultimate form of protest - self-immolation. Since 2009 more than 100 Tibetan Jan Palachs publicly sacrificed their lives in the flames and most of them died.
Právě v době, kdy sami rekapitulujeme svoje osobní postoje a hledáme přesnější vyjádření, co pro český národ znamenal Palachův čin, zda měl smysl a co přinesl, se na Tibetské náhorní plošině odehrává zápas o přežití tibetského národa a jeho kultury. Jaké je poselství a jaké jsou požadavky Tibeťanů? Chtějí autonomii či samostatnost? Proč je pro ně politická, sociální, kulturní, lidsko-právní a ekonomická situace v Tibetu neúnosná? A co si o tom myslí Čína? Výstava se pokouší hledat odpověď na zmíněné otázky prostřednictvím faktů a argumentů.
Besides a rich documentary material, texts, contracts and documents and contemporary maps are the focus of the exhibition unique historical photographs from the archives of the Tibetan exile institutions, but also three-dimensional objects - such as collection of historical Tibetan coins and banknotes.
Exposition also depicts issues in which the general public and the media sometimes lose the context - the institution of the Dalai Lama, the relationship between religion and secular power in Tibet, the role of regents, ambans and reincarnations, the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, the government in exile, and exile institutions. Part of the exhibition is devoted to the relationship of our countries and Tibet - from early contacts to visits of the 14th Dalai Lama in the Czech Republic.
Accompanying programs offer a series of lectures and discussions with guests, screenings of documentaries, musical and literary evenings, guided tours, for schools or groups can be ordered according to specific requirements.