Wisdom and Compassion: Sacred Art of Tibet

Tamara Wasserman Hill

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An exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (April 17 to August 18, 1991), and at the IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York (October 15 to December 28, 1991).


At the Asian Art Museum, the attempt to align the layout of the exhibition with the symbolic Content of the works shown was not readily apparent even to attentive viewers, since the museum's limited available space did not lend itself to the idea. But neither did it completely detract from viewing or appreciating the exquisite thangka paintings and meticulously sculpted figures and objects as profoundly effective works of great artistry and spiritual power. The presence of several monks fabricating the sand mandala during the initial weeks and their activities in relation to it—which included a beginning consecration, daily chanting, and a ritual destruction on the closing day—not only drew intrigued crowds but did add a genuine sense of the sacred process and context to the exhibit.

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