In the Realm of the Buddha

March 13, 2010 – July 18, 2010

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Two distinct exhibitions offer fascinating encounters with the sacred art of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen: In studying the sacred arts of Tibetan Buddhism, we seldom know who the artist was, let alone his life story. Through new scholarship and recently discovered paintings, this exhibition focuses on an extraordinary Tibetan artist Situ Panchen (1700-1774), who was not only a renowned painter and designer of paintings, but also a revered scholar, teacher, and the founder of Palpung monastery. By bringing together thangkas painted and designed by Situ, sculptures of his chosen deity Tara, and Chinese works from the Freer Gallery of Art collection, this exhibition reveals not only Situ Panchen's genius and enduring influence, but also his engagement with transnational Buddhist culture.
  • The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection: On public display for the first time, this privately held reconstructed shrine room features Tibetan Buddhist sacred art created between the 13th and 19th centuries. Works of art on view include bronze sculptures, thangkas (scroll paintings), ritual objects, textile banners, and painted furniture, all presented in a religiously correct manner. This shrine is acknowledged by practicing Buddhists as a sacred place.