The Preparations for the Vienna Exhibition | The Opening

The Opening

On November 9, 1997 the time had come - the exhibition was finally opened. More than 4000 visitors came to the Museum für Völkerkunde Wien in order to be part of this opening. Next to the many invited guests from all over Austria and Europe, high-ranking representatives of the Bhutanese Government were also recieved: the then Foreign Minister, Lyonpo Dago; the then Ambassador for all EC Countries, Dasho Jigme Thinley, and the then Director of the National Museum Paro, Mynak Tulku.

Personalities from Bhutan and Austria held festive speeches, including the Director of the Museum, Peter Kann; the then National Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner; the Minister for Education, Science and Culture, Elisabeth Gehrer and as the representative for Bhutan, Lyonpo Dago, who also officially opened this exhibition. As one of the highlights of these festivities the cleric, Mynak Tulku, conducted a purifying and inauguration ceremony.

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In his opening speech, the then Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Royal Government of Bhutan, Lyonpo Dago, praised the friendly relations between Austria and Bhutan and acknowledged this exhibition as an expression of this bond.

In a ritual, the Bhutanese cleric, Mynak Tulku, purified the site of this exhibition from harmful influences and then consecrated it. For many visitors, this was the highlight of the opening festivities.