Exhibition of Buddhist Art

Exhibition of Buddhist Art

Buddhist art is a very important part of the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Being more than merely decorative, Buddhist statues, scroll paintings (Tib. thangkas) are an expression of enlightenment — of the beyond-personal qualities of mind itself. Many great masters of the Karma Kagyu lineage over the centuries either created or sponsored statues and paintings as a support for the meditation practice of their students.

The Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation has been collecting outstanding pieces of Buddhist art since its inception. Since 2001, the Foundation supports exhibitions enabling a broad public to experience Buddhist art. Thanks to a world-wide network of experts and lenders, each exhibition is unique and individually curated based on voluntary work. The exhibitions built on the Foundation’s own collection and its close ties with Buddhist centres and private owners around the world, who generously lend their artefacts.

The starting point was a show of exquisite scroll paintings displayed in Frankfurt and Hamburg. From then on, exhibitions of statues, thangkas and ritual implements have taken place in many locations including in the European Parliament where members of the Parliament and the public were equally enthralled by the more than forty art pieces. In Berlin, Munich and Bratislava the exhibitions "Space and Joy" picked the two main aspects of the mind out as central theme: Space being it’s indestructible and limitless nature, which at the same time is filled with joy, fearlessness and love. These qualities are expressed by different Buddha forms and were displayed as statues and scroll paintings. In Hamburg a five-storey exhibition was shown in public space, and in Innsbruck, Buddhist statues, scroll paintings, and models of stupas were exhibited in the Imperial Hofburg. In Vienna, the 40th anniversary of the Black Crown Ceremony was celebrated by a unique show of Buddhist art. In Regensburg, the 30th exhibition actively supported by the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation formed part of the cultural theme of the year of the city of Regensburg, “City and Faith”. At Kraków, the exhibition „Richness of Mind. Treasures of Himalayan Art“ was created in 2018 as part of a project on Buddhist art consisting of six exhibitions displayed at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology. The curatorial team of the Foundation is already working on supporting further exhibitions.

 

 


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