Illumination, Meditation and Bodhisattvas – འོད་སྣང་། སྒོམ། བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ།

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday,  March 13;  6-8pm 

As Buddhism spread throughout Asia in the 10th century, it emerged as a major cultural force in Korea and Tibet. This exhibition celebrates contemporary expressions inspired by the Goryeo Empire (918-1392), a period of great artistic renaissance in both countries.  In Korea, calligraphic transcriptions of Buddhist sutras, called Sagyeong, were produced in gold and other precious metals,  presaging the development of silver or gold type wood block printing.

Iconographic painting reached new heights of elegance, notably of popular Mahayana deities associated with the development of the Hwaeon and Seon schools of Buddhism. The Buddhist arts of both Korea and Tibet were known throughout the region for their beauty and refinement. In Tibet, the arrival of the famed Indian monk scholar Atisa signaled a rise of great
monastic centers of learning heralding a period of artistic growth influenced by Indian and Nepalese artists.

Master Kim Kyeong-Ho and Ms. Joy Rock are highly recognized artists whose reflections of the
Goryeo period are juxtaposed with Tibetan works from the Tibet House US Repatriation collection.

ON VIEW: March 13 – May 9, 2019


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