Restoration Ruins Chinese Temple Wall Paintings

Restoration Ruins Chinese Temple Wall Paintings

Clearly the Chinese local authorities have been taking lessons from Spain.

The abbot of Yunjie temple in Chaoyang, Liaoning province, knew that his place of worship needed work. He applied for restoration permission, and that meant getting permits from the cultural heritage department. But local authorities stepped in, decided that fiddling permits weren't really necessary when restoring a Qing Dynasty (1641-1911) wall painting, and got an unqualified local company to do the job. The pictures below give you an idea of what was there before the restoration bandits arrived, and what was left in their wake.

It has a certain Spanish flavor, except that this time two people have been fired and there's no question of royalties. The official in charge of temple affairs and the head of the city's cultural heritage monitoring team have both been given the boot, and another official has received a warning. An investigation is ongoing, and further punishment may be forthcoming, according to the Global Times.

At least the Spanish restoration featured - broadly - the same subject; it's difficult to see a relation between the original and the remake at Yunjie temple. A restoration is possible, according to government officials. Li Zhanyang, an archaeologist with Henan's Culture Relics Bureau, said that this kind of thing happens all the time. "They just use the name 'restoration' for a new project," he said, and pressure is always on to complete the job quickly, and at a good price. "Most Chinese people do not enjoy the beauty of ancient, real ruins," he lamented. "Instead, they like dazzling, new, high, big things."

Source: Guardian

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I assume the second image is the 'before' one.

They didn't even try to recreate the image. Even the potato jesus 'restorer' at least attempted to do so.

I can't believe somebody would willingly destroy a piece of history like that. I hope they can restore the wall from this restoration.

come on!

roughly seen, its like color by numbers pictures.
you just need a bit of skill, patience and be abe to distinguish colors..

Ed130:
I assume the second image is the 'before' one.

I do as well but I am not quite sure. I thought the sentence "The pictures below give you an idea of what was there before the restoration bandits arrived, and what was left in their wake." would be some sort of cryptic puzzle, i.e. "left in their wake" = after, but then he clearly missed the opportunity by not using "right before" in the first half.

They didn't even try to recreate the image. Even the potato jesus 'restorer' at least attempted to do so.

At least this Chinese guy can actually paint and didn't just semi-randomly smear paint all over the original.

It's always a shame when something like this happens.

Ah yes, the Juan Dynasty. Always a favorite subject of mine.

The new one looks like a wall-painting in the culture week at a "totally-not-racist" western primary school... Why the fuck would anyone do that?

The new one brought Disney's Mulan to mind.

What the hell.

The restoration kinda looks like something out of a children's cartoon TV show. Objectively I don't think it looks that bad, but it definitely doesn't have the aesthetic of ancient Chinese art.

The "restored" image is beautiful don't get me wrong, but it's clearly not what the man wanted.

It's disgraceful. It literally has no relation to the picture itself.

The man asked for a restoration. Not a redesign.

I'm glad those people got fired.

Had they of let the man get permits in order and call on official restoration professional like he originally planned none of this would have happened.

I guess this is what you call being pragmatic to a fault.

rhizhim:
come on!

roughly seen, its like color by numbers pictures.
you just need a bit of skill, patience and be abe to distinguish colors..

It's...a tad more involved than that, depending on the age of the work being restored and what exactly is being restored in the work.

Every time I see a case like this, I think to myself that someone got 'restored' confused with 'reimagined'.

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