Past Exhibitions

Silent Spaces: Works by Matjaz Krivic

January 12 – March 1, 2017

In this series of panoramic photographs, Slovenian artist Matjaz Krivic explores Tibet’s venues of veneration and celebrations of life. The artist captures the vibrancy of sacred sites, be they stupas, mountains, rivers, or monuments, and conveys the reverberations of worship, gratitude, and adoration for life on earth, achieved through silence and meditation. Matjaz Krivic is an award-winning documentary photographer who has traveled the globe capturing the distinctiveness and grandeur of indigenous people and places for 18 years.

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From Earth to the Divine: Contemporary Mongolian Expressionism

September 9 – November 17, 2016

This exhibition brings together for the first time in New York renowned artists from Mongolia who bring their artistic creations through paintings, engravings, sculptures, Tsam masks, and puppetry. The Mongolian artists represented here depict a distinctive nomadic and animalistic culture. They present imagery from the vast steppe, with spiritual ties and shamanistic traditions and referencing Mongolia’s flora and fauna, as well as Buddhist ritual objects and masks.

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Instantaneous Vision of Radiance
Tibet House US Repatriation Collections

December 7, 2016- January 3, 2017

The aesthetics of Tibetan Buddhist art is based upon revealing the Buddhist understanding of the way things truly are. Because of this, Tibetan art, expressed primarily by deities and their setting, possess an intensity, a power and a reality that appear more penetrating, more beautiful, and greater than ordinary….Utmost care is taken in the precise depiction of these emanations of wisdom and compassion – they break the veil of “illusion” and offer a complete, instantaneous vision of the radiant beauty and power of pure reality.

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Empowering the Extraordinary Dakinis
Rima Fujita

May 20 – August 4

Empowering the Extraordinary Dakinis is an exhibit featuring artist Rima Fujita’s recent series of work exploring the theme of female empowerment. Ms. Fujita examines women’s spiritual roles through iconography, tales and figures from the Buddhist tradition and spiritual cultures, as well as drawing upon modern influences. “My works celebrate the timelessness of female beauty and power,” says Ms. Fujita.

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Bridging Realms: Contemporary Tibetan Art
Tashi Norbu, Sonam Dolma, Ngawang Jorden, Tara Lobsang, Tenzin Phuntsok, Passang Topgay Tenzin Ngawang, Sarah Rose Hector Marcel, Gonkar Gyatso, Karma Phuntsok, Rima Fujita,   Tashi Lodoe, Peter Makela, Tashi Wangchuk, Konchok Rinchen, Gina de la Chesnaye ‎

March 11 – May 10

This exhibit presents contemporary works connected by Tibetan cultural and philosophical thought embracing contradiction and reconciling polarities. Questioning the logic of ordinary perception and Aristotle’s law of non-contradiction in their paintings, mixed media and photography, the artists rely on provocative and paradoxical aspects of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy and the ideal of the “middle way between extremes.”

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Tibet – Looking Back

Jaroslav Poncar

January 15 – March 2, 2016

Jaroslav Poncar’s photographs of Tibet were taken over four extensive journeys more than twenty years ago.  On his journey to Tibet in 1985, he travelled overland from Chengdu to Lhasa, and further to the former kingdom Guge in the extreme West, experiencing the country as it looked ages ago.

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Sublime World 

Sonam Lhamo & Tiffani Gyatso

October 23 – December 21, 2015

Sublime Worlds features artists Sonam Lhamo’s and Tiffani Gyatso’s highly emotive and imaginative mixed-media paintings. Their works reflect inner consciousness, spontaneity, practice and awareness, nurtured by Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, folklore and symbolism and the artists’ own spiritual journeys.
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