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Contemporary Artist Gonkar Gyatso–Buddha’s Picnic: Shrines in Contemporary Tibet

February 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Gonkar Gyatso will share insight on his installation “Buddha’s Picnic,” which is currently on view at Washington andLee’s Staniar Gallery. In his words, the work is “a material and experiential journey into the modern practice of constructing temporary shrines, reflecting the infusion of pop and material culture from China and the West into countryside shrines throughout Tibetan areas, with neon lamps, electric prayer wheels, and glowing Buddhas making regular appearances. These unconventional choices reflect an informal tradition of incorporating objects and materials that are indicative of an organic display of sincere faith in as much as it reflects a joyful expression of devotion and identity.”

Born in Lhasa during the Cultural Revolution and trained in traditional painting in Beijing and Dharamsala during the 80’s and 90’s, Gyatso’s unique blend of classical training and modern experience fuels his art with a perspective and sensitivity that provides us with poignant glimpses into his views on humanity, human rights and hegemony. Gyatso has been exhibited internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Chinese National Art Gallery (Beijing), among many others. His installations have been featured at the 53rd Venice Biennale (Italy), the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane (Australia), Art Basel Encounters, and the 17th Sydney Biennale.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Weedon Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion.


February 19, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Tibet Center
Weedon Foundation
Virginia Center for the Study of Religion