Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces you to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection.
The exhibition opens with a large multimedia map that highlights regions of the diverse Himalayan cultural sphere, including parts of present-day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Gateway invites you to explore exemplary objects from the Museum’s collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, and Purpose and Function.
In addition to sculptures and paintings, objects such as a stupa, prayer wheel, and ritual implements demonstrate how patrons sought the accumulation of merit and hoped for wealth, long life, and spiritual gains, all to be fulfilled through the ritual use of these objects and commissioning works of art.
Among the featured installations are a display that explains the process of Nepalese lost-wax metal casting and a presentation of the stages of Tibetan hanging scroll painting (thangka). You will also encounter life-size reproductions of murals from Tibet’s Lukhang Temple, photographed by Thomas Laird and Clint Clemens.
Curated by Elena Pakhoutova
Leadership support of the Rubin Museum is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, Dalio Philanthropies, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, Rasika and Girish Reddy, and Shelley and Donald Rubin.
General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.