TIBET AND INDIA: BUDDHIST TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS
8 FEBRUARY – 8 JUNE 2014
Florence and Herbert Irving Asian Wing,
Exhibition Gallery for South Asian Art, Gallery 251
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York 10028-0198
Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations examines how esoteric imagery, texts, and Vajrayana ritual practices coming out of the great monasteries of north India contributed to reshaping the complex religious landscape of Tibet. The exhibition includes some twenty-three masterpieces of Buddhist art produced in Tibet and North India during the 11th and 12th centuries, including stone and bronze sculptures, illuminated manuscripts and book covers, and some of the earliest thangkas to survive from the Tibetan tradition.
Also presented is a work by Tenzing Rigdol (b. 1982), one of only two Tibetan artists to be included in the exhibition. The inclusion of contemporary Tibetan art aims to demonstrate how Tibet’s longstanding tradition is today being presented to a new international audience. His work, Pin Drop Silence – Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara (2013), has also been acquired by the museum as part of its permanent collection.
The educational programmes accompanying the exhibition includes a presentation entitled Reimagining the Indian and Tibetan Buddhist traditions: A Conversation, featuring Tenzing Rigdol as a guest speaker, will also take place on the 7th March 2014.
For those not based in New York, Tenzing Rigdol is also one of three Tibetan artists to be included in Rossi & Rossi‘s Art14 London show entitled Our Clouded Hills. The art fair takes place from the 28th February – 2 March at the Olympia Grand, Kensington, London, and Rossi & Rossi can be found at stand H9.
A newly completed work by Tenzing Rigdol will also be featured at Rossi & Rossi‘s stand at TEFAF Maastricht. The fair takes place from 14th – 23rd March at the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre, and Rossi & Rossi can be found at Stand 166.