Parallel Realities: Contemporary Tibetan Art

Berlin26 Oct – 31 Jan 2015
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  • 26 OCTOBER-31 JANUARY 2014
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    Artists in conversation with David Elliot: 26 OCTOBER, 4pm

    Curated by Tsherin Sherpa, Parallel Realities examines the work of five contemporary Tibetan artists—Gade, Kesang Lamdark, Nortse, Tenzing Rigdol and himself—whose lives and art span the globe, from Tibet to Europe to North America. Each artist addresses his personal relationship to his cultural history and heritage, exploring it through different mediums and from different vantage points. Often, such viewpoints diverge along geopolitical boundaries, which are also the cause of strife and war. Here, however, the juxtapositions present common themes and inheritance, as well as individual searches for meaning in today’s Tibetan diaspora.

    Tibet acts as the focal point for this exhibit, but how it is seen varies according to each individual artist’s personal reality. Tibet itself exists in different realities—seen as both part of China and as something completely separate from it—and continues to be perceived as both a mythological and spiritual Shangri-la, as well as an occupied and rapidly industrialised country. Emerging from Tibet’s history, these divergent pathways have led to so many unique perspectives, and continue to inspire the search for its people’s sense of spirit and home.

    Parallel Realities opens with a conversation between David Elliot and the artists during which they will be discussing the Tibetan and buddhist influences on their work.

    David Elliott is a curator and writer who has directed contemporary art museums and related institutions in Oxford, Stockholm, Tokyo, Istanbul, Sydney and Kiev. He was President of CIMAM (the International Committee of ICOM for museums of modern and contemporary art) from 1998 to 2004, and is currently President of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, Chairman of MOMENTUM in Berlin, a member of the Asia Advisory Board of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and a Visiting Professor in Curatorship at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde, as well as in modern and contemporary Asian art, David Elliot has published widely in these fields as well as on many other aspects of contemporary art.

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    • Nortse
      Dzi Bead

      2014
      Oil on canvas
      130 x 130 cm (51 x 51 in)

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    • Nortse
      The Mask Face

      2014
      Oil on canvas
      130 x 130 cm (51 x 51 in)

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    • Gade
      QR Code (Rossi & Rossi)

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      100 x 100 cm (39 ½ x 39 ½ in)

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      Form is Emptiness - Emptiness is Form

      2014
      Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on cotton
      152.4 x 132 cm (60 x 52 in)

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      16 Views of the Wheel of Time (Kalachakra)

      2014
      Acrylic and ink on canvas
      16 panels, each 50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20 in)

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    • Nortse
      The White Mask

      2014
      Oil on canvas
      130 x 130 cm (51 x 51 in)

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    • The Disappearing Face

      2014
      Oil on canvas
      130 x 130 cm (51 x 51 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Kiss the Future

      2014
      Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass mirror
      Diam. 120 x Depth 10 cm (Diam. 47 x Depth 4 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Dorian Dorje

      2014
      PVC, Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass mirror
      170 x 80 x 15 cm (67 x 31 ½ x 5 ¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Disorder 1

      2014
      Perforated mirror, monitor, MDF and cable
      80 x 105 x 8 cm (31 ½ x 45 ¼ x 3 ¼ in)

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    • Disorder 2

      2014
      Perforated mirror, monitor, MDF and cable
      60 x 100 x 8 cm (23 ½ 39 ½ x 3 ¼ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Dorge Drakkten

      2014
      PVC and paper
      180 x 88 cm (71 x 34 ½ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Kiss

      2014
      PVC and paper
      120 x 90 cm (47 x 35 ½ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Dorge Drakkten Prophecy

      2014
      PVC and plastic
      220 x 105 x 15 cm (86 ½ x 41 ¼ x 6 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      The Whispering Storm

      2014
      Collage, photographs and silk brocade
      122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      Survival of the Fittest

      2014
      Collage, photographs and silk brocade
      122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      For the Love of the Game

      2014
      Collage, photographs and silk brocade
      122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      The White Proposal

      2014
      Collage, silk brocade and scripture
      122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      The 14th Dalai Lama

      2014
      Collage
      122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      With Great Power Comes Great Entertainment

      2014
      Collage
      182.8 cm x 182.8 cm (72 x 72 in)

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      Lost Spirits

      2014
      Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on cotton
      80 x 116.8 cm (31½ x 46 in)

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      Multiple Protector II (Red)

      2014
      Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on cotton
      122 x 91.5 cm (48 x 36 in)

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      All Things Considered

      2014
      Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on cotton
      213.4 x 365.8 cm (84 x 144 in)

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    • Gade
      Broken Wing

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      100 x 100 cm (39 ½ x 39 ½ in)

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    • Gade
      My Fingerprint

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      150 x 100 cm (59 x 39 ½ in)

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    • Gade
      Om Mani Padme Hum

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      68 x 136 cm (26 ¾ x 54 in)

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    • Gade
      Serve the People

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      68 x 136 cm (26 ¾ x 54 in)

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    • Gade
      The Reclining Buddha

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      105 x 80 cm (45 ¼ x 31 ½ in)

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    • Gade
      Heart

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      100 x 100 cm (39 ½ x 39 ½ in)

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    • Gade
      Brain

      2012
      Buddhist prayer beads sewn on fabric made from yak wool
      100 x 100 cm (39 ½ x 39 ½ in)

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