Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment

4 May–18 August 2019

Exhibition Overview


Vajrabhairava, 15th century or later, Sino-Tibetan, polychromed wood.

Awaken offers visitors an opportunity to explore the journey towards enlightenment through the art of Tibetan Buddhism. A series of immersive spaces puts the visitor face to face with nearly 100 spectacular objects, both historical and contemporary, drawn largely from two of the country’s most extraordinary collections of Himalayan art. Co-curated by Dr. John Henry Rice, VMFA associate curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, and Jeff Durham, assistant curator of Himalayan art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Presented by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The exhibition program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund.

(Photo courtesy Ann Hutchison, © VMFA.)

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