Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30–10:30 PM
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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Suggested attire: Blue, red, white, green, and yellow—significant colors in Tibetan Buddhist culture
A cash bar will offer specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the evening, as well as food from area restaurants.
You must be 21 years old with a valid ID to attend.
In the Realm of the Buddha
Two remarkable exhibitions exploring the sacred arts of Tibetan Buddhism
The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection: This extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist shrine room is on public display for the first time. Acknowledged by practicing Buddhists as a sacred space, the shrine room contains hundreds of superb works of Tibetan Buddhist art created between the twelfth and twentieth centuries, including bronze sculptures, thangkas (scroll paintings), ritual objects, textile banners, and painted furniture.
Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen: In studying the sacred arts of Tibetan Buddhism, the identity and life story of the artist are seldom known. Through new scholarship and recently discovered paintings, the remarkable Situ Panchen (1700–1774) is brought into focus as an artist, teacher, and founder of the Palpung Monastery. Thangkas designed and painted by Situ, sculptures of his chosen deity Tara, and Chinese works from the Freer’s collection reveal Situ's genius, his enduring influence, and his engagement with Buddhist culture throughout Asia.
The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection was organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen was organized by the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City.