Tibetan Tangkas Today: Masterpieces from the Dharmapala Thangka Center of Kathmandu
(On view: March 10-May 11, 2017)
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 10, 2017, 6-8pm
This exhibition features sacred tangka artworks created by internationally acclaimed master artist and tangka painter Karsang Lama from the Dharmapala Thangka Center of Kathmandu in Nepal. Tibetan sacred paintings are unframed and can be rolled up, often depict Buddhist deities. In this show, both peaceful and wrathful deities from the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions will be on display. The role of wrathful iconography is to provide protection for religious practitioners as well as sacred Tibetan Buddhist sites.
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Artist Karsang Lama was born in a small village named Rhisankhu in Sindupalchowk district in Nepal (1962), and received his formal education in a monastery. He is regarded as a national treasure in Nepal. He has painted for religious leaders and noted political leaders. His paintings are housed in monasteries and museums in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.
The Dharmapala Thangka Center promotes the Himalayan Buddhist art and tradition, and is affiliated with a monastic tradition of the northern Buddhist artisans of Tibet and Nepal. The Center has trained more than three hundred Thangka artists over three decades.