The colleges of Skidmore, Vassar, and Williams struggled to explain the provenance of over 60 thangkas from the Jack Shear Collection.
Rubin Museum Hosts a Night of Tibetan Storytelling
The Rubin Museum of Art will host a night of spiritual Tibetan storytelling, followed by a guided “treasure map tour” of the galleries.
Transporting Sounds from Nepal’s Mountain Monasteries
Soundwalk Collective recorded wind at 200 villages and monasteries in Nepal to create an immersive experience at the Rubin Museum.
Dhaka Art Summit Censors Pro-Tibet Artwork at Chinese Ambassador’s Request
Nangdrol, an 18-year-old Tibetan living in Sichuan Province, China, penned a farewell letter on February 19, 2012.
Tibet’s Secret Temple: The Long-Hidden Tantric Murals of Lukhang Palace
On an island in a pond behind the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet sits the Lukhang Temple, or “Temple to the Serpent Spirits,” a secret meditation space created by the Dalai Lama in the 17th century.
New Acquisition Makes the Rubin Museum World Leader in Tibetan Astrological Art
With the Rubin Museum of Art’s recent acquisition of a mid-18th-century manuscript known as White Beryl, the Manhattan museum now holds the world’s leading collection of Tibetan astrological and cosmological paintings.
A Tibetan Artist’s Political Pop
HONG KONG — In his new show at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong, contemporary Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso uses traditional Tibetan landscape themes and iconography, but also tchotchkes, bricolage, cartoon bubbles, and stickies, all of which serve as cheery subterfuge for the dire messages he buries under his techniques.
Bloodletting, Balance, and Buddhism at the Rubin Museum
What’s your mental disposition? In what type of climate do you feel uncomfortable? What does your tongue look like? What do you dream about and what colors are predominant in those dreams?
70% of Ancient Tibetan Town Destroyed by Fire
Nearly 300 houses were destroyed in a major fire that destroyed about two thirds of Dukezong in Shangri-La county on Saturday, January 11. The 1,300-year-old city is a popular tourist destination in the southwest Yunnan province is renowned for its ancient Tibetan town of mostly wooden houses with color decorations and traditional architecture.
Paper Follows Pigment: Five Forms of Obsolete Paper
As a follow up to our investigation into the realm of obsolete pigments, here is a look at some of the surfaces that those pigments were applied to that have also fallen into obsolescence. This doesn’t mean they have entirely disappeared, as even the most obscure material is likely still sought out by some artists, but these five types of paper are not the stalwarts they once were.
The Heart of Tibet Is Being Radically Changed into a Shopping Center
The city of Lhasa, up on the Tibetan Plateau, is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China, as well as a spiritual center as the home of the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred of Tibet’s temples. As such it is an often clamorous place of both protest and prayer. Yet much of that may be silenced by a shopping mall.
Chinese Painter Honors Tibet’s Political Rebels
Chinese painter Liu Yi is tackling an extremely political topic: his rough-hewn, black-and-white portrait paintings depict Tibetans who have self-immolated in protest of the Chinese government’s impact on their country.