Since its foundation, the institute has always promoted activities and events meant to spread the knowledge of the ancient heritage of Tibetan culture.
The first exhibition on Tibetan civilization organized by the Shang
Shung Institute was held at the Castello Aldobrandesco of Arcidosso in
collaboration with local authorities in 1990, during the visit of his
Holiness the Dalai Lama.
In the following years many exhibitions have been organized, among which:
- The photographic exhibition of the journey of Fosco Maraini in Tibet in 1937 and 1948, held in Palazzo Pitti in Florence in 1990 and in Milan in 1999.
- The Institute collaborated with A.S.I.A. and the Foreign Affairs Ministry to prepare an exhibition of an important collection of thangkhas illustrating aspects of Tibetan medicine, all of which belong to the institute; the exhibition was on from November 2000 to January 2001 at the Ethnological museum Pigorini in Rome. This collection is unique in Europe and consists of faithful copies of the XVII century originals conserved in the Lhasa Centre of Tibetan medicine. The same exhibition called “ The Celestial Treasure” was organized in Milano at the “Musei di Porta Romana” in December 2001.
- In February 2002 the Institute, in collaboration with the Museum of Childhood of Siena organized an exhibition on Tibet primarily directed to children: the main purpose of the event was to illustrate the transition from traditions and life-style of nomads to urban settlements and Chinese influence on Tibetan culture. Two important exhibitions on Tibetan Art were organized in the old Church of St.Anna in Rome and then at Castel dell ’Ovo in Naples with the support of the Ministry of Culture in 2000 and 2001.
From 2000 to 2005 the institute has besides organized a long series of lectures held by tibetologists, medical doctors, archeologists, art experts on different topics concerning Tibetan culture in collaboration with local authorities.