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Entries for month: February 2014

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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University of Pennsylvania Museum - Added

February 20, 2014 ·

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: "Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world's great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery, with the mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement - the four "pillars" of what we do." (From the Penn Museum website).

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Tamashige Tibet Collection - Added

February 20, 2014 ·

The Tamashige Tibet Collection, Tokyo, Japan, is almost exclusively comprised of paintings from the Tibetan regions. More than half of the paintings belong to sets with several sister compositions found in other museum and private collections. There is no specific religious theme, time period or painting style emphasized in the collection but rather an eclectic group spanning all of Tibet from the 14th to 19th centuries. Mr. Tamashige built the collection between 1987 and 2001.

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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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