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Highlights - Asia Week New York, March 2017

March 11, 2017 ·

A page has been added with a selection of Highlights of Asia Week, March 2017. It is not an exhaustive group but rather a quick selection of what stands out for either aesthetic, iconographic or historical reasons.

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The Art of Tibetan Medicine (RMA)

March 31, 2014 ·

Bodies in Balance, The Art of Tibetan Medicine. Rubin Museum of Art. March 15, 2014 - September 8, 2014.

"The first major exhibition to present the origins, history and practice of a millennium of visual history, Bodies in Balance explores the guiding principles of the Tibetan science of healing represented in medical paintings, manuscripts, and medical instruments. A multi-media installation shows how Tibetan medicine is used today. The exhibition invites visitors to relate what they discover to their own lives through interactive experiences within the galleries and throughout the Museum including Café Serai and the shop." (Read the full article).

Also see the Art of Tibetan Medicine on the HAR Website for up to date information and related links.

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Exhibition: Tibet and India, Buddhist Traditions and Transformations (Met)

February 20, 2014 ·

Tibet and India, Buddhist Traditions and Transformations. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. February 8th to June 8th, 2014.

"This exhibition singles out two periods when the Buddhist Tibetan tradition drew from outside influences to develop new vocabularies of form. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, after a period of political and religious disruption, contact with the great monasteries of North India led to considerable exchange. Looking from the Indian perspective, the exhibition examines how esoteric imagery, texts, and Vajrayana ritual practices contributed to reshaping the complex religious landscape of Tibet. Today, contemporary Tibetan artists are again addressing and incorporating ideas central to the current global reality, in an effort to recontextualize long-standing core Buddhist ideals. The exhibition will include five loans and eighteen objects drawn from department holdings." (Read the full article).

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Exhibition: Golden Visions of Densatil (Asia Society)

February 20, 2014 ·

Golden Visions of Densatil, A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Asia Society (NY), February 19 – May 18, 2014.

The Densatil Monastery has long been considered one of the great treasures of Tibet. Constructed at the end of the twelfth century in a remote, rocky area of central Tibet, this Buddhist monastery was most famed for its special stupas—reliquaries that housed the remains of venerated Buddhist teachers. The stupas at Densatil were of a type called tashi gomang (Many Doors of Auspiciousness). They were multi-tiered, sculptural gilt copper structures that stood more than ten feet tall and were resplendent with inlays of semiprecious stones. Prior to the destruction of Densatil during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966–1978), eight of them dating between 1208 and 1432 stood in the Monastery’s main hall. This pioneering exhibition brings together statues and panels from international public and private collections to give us a sense of the grandeur of the memorial structures that once stood at Densatil. (Read the full article).

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Exhibition: In The Land of Snow (Norton Simon Museum)

February 20, 2014 ·

In the Land of Snow, Buddhist Art From the Himalayas. Norton Simon Museum March 28 – August 25, 2014.

The Himalayas—known as the "abode of snow"—span much of the northern Asian continent and have long connected the cultures of India, Nepal and Tibet. While the traditions and languages of this region are diverse, Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism was practiced by various groups throughout the area, providing a common visual and liturgical vocabulary for believers. (Read the full article).

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Revisiting and remembering the lost sculptures of Kathmandu

December 13, 2013 ·

13.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu Art exhibition “Revisiting and remembering the lost sculptures of the Kathmandu Valley” Joy Lynn Davis 15-21 December 2013, Patan Museum, Lalitpur

Since the 1960s, thousands of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures have disappeared from Nepal’s public temples, shrines, courtyards, fountains, and fields. Prior to the thefts, they were actively worshipped by their communities as living deities. This exhibition documents community response to the theft of stone sculptures from the Kathmandu Valley. Paintings, interviews, and photographic documentation, weave together narratives of Kathmandu’s sacred spaces, exploring how people respond when religious art objects—that exist, not as commodities, but as vital living community participants—are physically removed.

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Tibetan Treasures: The Rezk Collection of Tibetan & Nepalese Art

October 30, 2011 ·

Tibetan Treasures: The Rezk Collection of Tibetan and Nepalese Art. October 28, 2011 through January 27, 2012. Altoona, PA. USA.

"Loretto – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto is pleased to announce the opening of Tibetan Treasures: The Rezk Collection of Tibetan and Nepalese Art. The exhibition, which includes approximately 70 objects of Tibetan and Nepalese art spanning eight centuries, opens October 28 and will remain on view through January 28."

"The Museum’s Rezk Collection is one of the major collections of Tibetan and Nepalese art in the United States. This exhibition marks the first time the collection has been shown to the public in more than fifteen years. Tibetan Treasures features approximately 90 objects, all made within the context of Tibetan Buddhism, including thangkas (scroll paintings), block prints, sculpture, and ceremonial and ritual pieces. These range in date from the twelfth century to the twentieth, and give a fascinating overview of the rich iconography of Tibet’s unique form of Buddhism. Personifying abstract ideas as gods, demons, monsters, and saints, the objects in the exhibition bring Buddhist concepts to life in a resonant and marvelously imaginative way." (The above text is from the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art website).

(See the Southern Alleghenies collection of art on the HAR website).

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Luminous: The Art of Asia - Exhibition

October 30, 2011 ·

Luminous: The Art of Asia, Seattle, Wash. USA

"Luminous: The Art of Asia, on view October 13, 2011–January 8, 2012 at SAM Downtown, will present a lush and rich experience of the art from 12 Asian nations. Do Ho Suh's thoughtful commentary illuminates these precious works and makes them relevant for today's contemporary audience." (Above text from the Seattle Art Museum website).

The exhibition includes a number of Tibetan and Nepalese pieces.

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Reflections of the Buddha - Exhibition

October 30, 2011 ·

Reflections of the Buddha, September 9, 2011 to March 10, 2012. The Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts, St. Louis, MO. USA.

For the first exhibition of its tenth-anniversary season, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts presents Reflections of the Buddha, a unique encounter with several major visual and spiritual Buddhist traditions. The exhibition’s twenty-two artworks, on loan from important American collections, were created in Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet and date from the second to the eighteenth centuries. Each one is experienced in harmony with the serene atmosphere of the Pulitzer’s building, designed by master architect Tadao Ando. Three related works of contemporary art add to the resonance of the exhibition’s theme.

Admission to the Pulitzer is free. Hours: Wednesdays noon – 5pm | Saturdays 10am – 5pm

(Image: Standing Prince Shotoku at Age Two (Shotoku Taishi Nisaizo), c. 1292. Japan, Kamakura period, 1185–1333. Japanese cypress (hinoki) wood-assembled woodblock construction with polychromy and rock-crystal inlaid eyes. 26 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 in. (67.9 x 24.8 x 22.9 cm). Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr., 99.1979.1. Photograph by Junius Beebe © President and Fellows of Harvard College).

{All above text is from The Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts website).

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Mirror of the Buddha - Exhibition

October 30, 2011 ·

Mirror of the Buddha: Early Portraits from Tibet, October 21, 2011 - March 5, 2012. Rubin Museum of Art, New York City.

"In early Tibetan painted portraits, founding masters of important Buddhist schools were often represented as holy personages. Using artistic conventions developed in India, Tibetan artists expressed the Buddhist ideals embodied in a particular person, exalting their human subjects to the level of buddhas."

"Mirror of the Buddha will present exquisite examples of these portraits, painted primarily in the eastern India-inspired Sharri style. Though the Sharri tradition spread from India to many parts of Asia, the style's classic Indian forms, delicate colors, and intricate decorative details were emulated most faithfully by Tibetans and enjoyed particular popularity in Tibet from the 12th to 14th century."

"Marking the third in a series of exhibitions that explores important Tibetan painting styles, Mirror of the Buddha will clarify some of the confusion and correct misidentifications previously posited by Western scholars. It will also analyze inscriptions and lineages, which are often overlooked yet of critical importance, as tools for dating these works of art."

"Mirror of the Buddha will be complemented by a full-color catalog rich with new scholarship, by curator David Jackson." (Text from the Rubin Museum of Art website).

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