Shanghai, China -- Exquisite Tibetan thangkas by a
renowned old family of pious Lhasa painters are on display. Part of the
sale proceeds will benefit an orphanage outside the capital of the
Tibet Autonomous Region, writes Wang Jie.
painting a thangka, Tibetan Buddhist devotional art, a pious heart is
said to be more important than technique because Buddha will inspire
and guide the artist's hand.
A combination of extraordinary piety and skill are displayed in the
30 thangkas at Shanghai High Noon Art and Culture Center in Pudong.
All the works have been created by a famous - but not publicly
identified - family in Lhasa that has been painting thangkas for
centuries, says curator Zhang Xi.
The family supplied some of the painters who decorated the Potala
Palace when it was built, he said, but did not say when. The original
structure was built in the 7th century AD; it has been rebuilt and
expanded over the centuries.
Some of the sale proceeds will be donated to an orphanage with 83
children, including a two-month-old baby, in the suburbs of Lhasa,
according to the curator.
A new exhibit of Tibetan art in Berlin offers a rare chance to see
treasures from ancient Buddhist monasteries, but is also being
criticized as whitewashing China's treatment of Tibet's ancient culture.
Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch said the exhibit at the Museum of Asian Art was a
unique opportunity to see masterpieces that are not found in other
'There has never been an exhibition in which the objects
came directly from the monasteries in central Tibet. In that sense,
this is a world premiere,' Lee-Kalisch said.
The exhibit, which
runs through May 28, consists of about 150 works, many of which have
never left Tibet. They were gathered from the collections of five
monasteries, two museums, the now-exiled Dalai Lama's Potala Palace in
Lhasa and his summer palace in Norbulingka.