Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areasLhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Areathe contemporary artists included in Boundless adopt and adapt elements of Tibetan Buddhist art and philosophy to construct works laden with layered meanings. By adopting and manipulating historical Himalayan forms, they express their latent feelings of displacement, fracture, and trauma, and the contradictions in their daily lives. Pulling from different visual traditionsfrom Himalayan thangka painting to American Pop artthese artists undertake innovative risks that highlight infinite visual possibilities derived from traditional forms. Contemporary paintings, multimedia works, performances on video, and collage are placed in conversation with historical works, providing viewers with a reference point to understand the visual language from which many contemporary Tibetan artists draw inspiration.
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