Monasteries Open Their Treasure Chambers

21.02.2007 to 28.05.2007

An exhibition of the Kulturstiftung Ruhr in Essen in cooperation with the Administrative Bureau of Cultural Relics of Tibet Autonomous Region, China, in the special exhibition hall of the Dahlem Museums

"Tibet - Monasteries Open Their Treasure Chambers" presents, for the first time in Europe, works of art from the collections of Tibet's most important monasteries. Many of the sculptures, paintings and valuable altar utensils exhibited, all of the highest quality, have never left the country before. Furthermore, treasures from the residencies of the Dalai Lama and from the Tibet Museum in Lhasa can be seen. The masterpieces from the 5th to the early 20th Century reflect the diversity of Tibetan art which has been greatly influenced by Buddhism. Works of art from China, India, Nepal and Kashmir illustrate the close religious and artistic exchange between Tibet and its neighbours.

The aspects of Tibetan Buddhism and its art are presented in a number of focal points. A group of ten extraordinary sculptural portraits by masters of the Sakya School acts as an introduction. The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to deities and master teachers of Tibetan Bhuddism, while mandalas represent tantric Buddhism as the embodiment of a deep symbolism. Examples from Buddhistic medicine as well as the insiginia of authority, portraits and personal objects of religious rulers round off the spectrum.

8 Euro, concessions 4 Euro
Free admission for children who are younger than 16 years.
Ticket with Audioguide: 12 Euro, concessions 7 Euro
Audioguide: 4,50 Euro, concessions 3,50 Euro

Website: www.smb.museum/tibet

ISBN 978-3-88609-566-7 (664 pages, 440 images, 30 Euro)