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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