Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

3 October 2018–26 May 2019

Exhibition Overview


Tenzing Rigdol: Wrathful Dance, 2014; mixed media on canvas; 36 1/4 x 35 3/4 in.; collection of Lance and Christine Dublin.

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the contemporary artists included in Boundless adopt and adapt elements of Tibetan Buddhist art and philosophy to construct works laden with layered meanings. By adopting and manipulating historical Himalayan forms, they express their latent feelings of displacement, fracture, and trauma, and the contradictions in their daily lives. Pulling from different visual traditions—from Himalayan thangka painting to American Pop art—these artists undertake innovative risks that highlight infinite visual possibilities derived from traditional forms. Contemporary paintings, multimedia works, performances on video, and collage are placed in conversation with historical works, providing viewers with a reference point to understand the visual language from which many contemporary Tibetan artists draw inspiration.

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