The Menris Tradition of Tibetan Thangka Art

Traditional Paintings by the New Generation in Exile
January 20 to March 2, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The Menris tradition is characterized by clear outlines, strong colors, fine shadings, and its accentuations in gold. This exhibition offers a glimpse of classical tangka art persevered by a new generation of students. In addition to completed works, the exhibition includes a set of unfinished works to illustrate the process of tangka creation.  The Menris tradition of tangka art flourished and survived in Tibet for centuries until its interruption by the Chinese Communist invasion. Ven. Sangye Yeshi, who fled to India in 1959, helped sustain the tradition in exile, at the personal request of His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Tibet House US is pleased to display works from Ven. Yeshi’s students, including Tashi Dhargyal – who helped him found the Institute of Tibetan Thangka Art (ITTA) to ensure a high standard of training for future Menris painters.

Exhibition:

Tibet House US is pleased to display works from Ven. Yeshi’s students, including Tashi Dhargyal – who helped him found the ITTA to ensure a high standard of training for future Menris painters. The Menris tradition is characterized by clear outlines, strong colors, fine shadings, and its accentuations in gold. This exhibition offers a glimpse of classical tangka art persevered by a new generation of students. In addition to completed works, the exhibition includes a set of unfinished works to illustrate the process of tangka creation.

Press

Highlights of news coverage:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heidiminx/preserving-tibetan-cultur_b_809581.html

http://www.nyartbeat.com/event/2011/A067

http://www.nyc-arts.org/events/11302/the-menris-tradition-of-tibetan-thangka-art-traditional-paintings-by-the-new-generation-in-exile

http://clubfreetime.com/vieweventdetails.asp?ID=122151

http://www.orientations.com.hk/php/page.php?p=event-detail&idn=10&locid=1

http://www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace/?p=20005