Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Lecture by John Ardussi

March 26, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Secular and Political Mural Art from Himalayan Lands: Sikkim, Nepal, and Bhutan

Students of Himalayan cultures will be familiar with the many forms of Buddhist and Hindu art, whose primary focus is the portrayal of saints, deities and meditative objects such as the mandala.  In recent decades, influenced by modernity and globalizing culture, there have arisen forms of mural art focused on socio-political themes. In this lecture I will cover three very different examples from Sikkim, Nepal, and Bhutan. We will examine the work of emerging artists from these countries, discussing the origin of their distinctive visual iconographies and the international political milieu in which they are connected in terms of relationships with China, Tibet, and India.

Dr. John A. Ardussi is a private scholar and senior research fellow at the University of Virginia Department of Religious Studies. He received his PhD (1977) in Asian Civilizations from Australian National University with a thesis on the history of Bhutan. His research focuses on 16th century – recent Himalayan history, culture and economics. He has written extensively on Bhutan and Tibetan studies.

This talk is part of the East Asia Center Fall Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by the Tibet Center and the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion.


March 26, 2018
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Categories:


Rouss Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA United States


Tibet Center
East Asia Center
Virginia Center for the Study of Religion