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Exhibition Contemporary Tibetan Art
Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde Leiden, The Netherlands


March 21th – April 6th 2014

In the weekend of 29th and 30th March the museum also organized the 3rd Buddhism Festival. During this festival a contemporary sand mandala was made (theme: fire- element). This mandala was not made for religious purposes, but was purely an expression of an individual Tibetan contemporary artist.
Tashi has also performed some rituals as he was used to do in the Tibetan boarding schools. A little ceremony was followed while “dancers” were taking of their traditional clothes “Chuba”1 and gradually changed into their western jeans during a walking as performance art towards the mandala. The sand mandala was then destroyed, starting with a waistband “Kera2 of the Chuba” disrupting the mandala. Some of this sand was taken outside and mixed with fuel. This mixture was poured on a metal Buddha statue outside and was put in flames. This Buddha will be installed at the museum for three continuing years (in loan). In addition, Tashi has toured the visitors in the Asia Gallery while explaining the Manjushree Bodhisattva (deity of fine arts) in the museums main collection and his own contemporary artwork in the adjacent hall.
This museum Volkenkunde is one of the oldest in the world in Ethnology.
http://volkenkunde.nl/nl/3e-editie-boeddhisme-festival
 


Voorbij grenzen, weergeven van veranderingen
Nieuwe werken hedendaagse kunst van Tashi Norbu, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde Leiden, Nederland


21 maart – 6 april 2014


Opgeleid in de nabijheid van H.H. de Dalai Lama als een traditionele thangka schilder en in België als hedendaagse kunstenaar, combineert Tashi Norbu de contemplatieve Tibetaanse kunst met moderne expressie vormen.
Tijdens het Boeddhisme Festival (29&30 maart) maakt hij een zandmandala en vernietigt hij deze ook (30e 16.00-16.45 uur). Ook wordt zijn metalen Boeddha met vuur bewerkt (30e 16.45 uur). Deze Boeddha blijft vervolgens nog 3 jaar in bruikleen in het museum.






 

 

Article about the 3rd Buddhism Festival in the Telegraaf weekend edition (most read Dutch Newspaper)

 

 

Exhibition of several pieces of the latest contemporary artwork of Tashi Norbu in Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde (museum of Ethnology, one of the oldest of the world) in Leiden, The Netherlands.

March 21- April 6, 2014 In the Asia Gallery of the museum. The 33rd national Dutch Museum weekend was on Aprll 5th and 6th, so during this exhibition.

 


 

The other half of Tashi’s Tibetan contemporary artwork is exhibited in the museum / gallery Tibet House U.S., New York, March 14th – May 5th. Closing reception in New York will be on May 2nd (6 – 8 pm).
 


Dimension Shamballa
(2014; mixed media; acrylic, Indian ink and Tibetan block printing, 170 x 160 cm; Artist: Tashi Norbu)

Shamballa is a mythical kingdom, like e.g. in the Bible The Garden of Eden is described. It is an amiable and loving environment, there is enough food, no hatred and the inhabitants are wise, healthy and become old of age. These features represent the inhabitants of the pure land in this kingdom.

On one hand this kingdom exists in your own heart and it is symbolized through a Lotus flower with 8 petals inside our very existence and covering beyond our outer body structure. On the other hand, many Tibetans believe that Shamballa is an existing place on this earth. Some think it is hidden in the Kunlun Mountains in Tibet or somewhere in Mongolia and Sinkiang province in China or on the North Pole. Others believe that Shamballa is withdrawn from our senses or located in another dimension or on another planet.

The clouds represent happiness, peace and for the unity of force. At the same time they hinder us the view on reality. Clouds will come and go and are, just like our thoughts and fantasies, whereas everything around us in fact is clear.

 

 


Urban Buddha and Unicorn in the Blossoms
(Artist Tashi Norbu)

Tashi Norbu explaining his contemporary art in his exhibition during the 3rd Buddhist Festival in the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands (museum of Ethnology)



 

 

 

 

Tour through the Asia department of Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde (museum of Ethnology), Leiden, The Netherlands, during the 3rd Buddhist Festival, guided by Tashi Norbu a contemporary artist from Tibet.


The contemporary Sand Mandala

This Mandala was not made for religious purposes, but was purely an expression of an individual Tibetan contemporary artist.
The subject for this year’s “sand Mandala4” is fire. The nature of fire (warmth) is ripening of e.g. fruits and growing of plants. Fire is also a symbol of burning away ignorance and the leaving behind of the wisdom mind. This fire is made around a cross. From science we learned that 3 elements are needed to make a fire. The first one is ignition (a starting flame or spark), the second one is fuel (petrol, wood) and the last one is Oxygen. The right combination, the right ratio of these compounds produces the fire. If one of these 3 elements omits, there can be no fire. This shows the interdependence of nature.


Sand mandala in process

Tashi has also performed some rituals as he was used to do in the Tibetan boarding schools. A little ceremony was followed while “dancers” were taking of their traditional clothes (chuba) and gradually changed into their western jeans during a walking as performance art towards the mandala. The sand Mandala was then destroyed, starting with a waistband (kera of the chuba) disrupting the mandala.

The sand Mandala was then destroyed, starting with a waistband (Kera of the Chuba) disrupting the mandala. Some of this sand was taken outside and mixed with fuel. This mixture was poured on a metal Buddha statue outside and was put in flames. This Buddha will be installed at the museum for three continuing years (in loan).


“Fire”
 250/250 cm medium: Raw pigments, Acrylic and Indian ink on mixed media canvas - at Museum of Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde Leiden; Artist: Tashi Norbu.
Passang Tobgay, a young artist from Bhutan, studied at Rietveld academy, Amsterdam, currently working as assistant artist for 9Pillars contemporary art studio 2014.

 









 

 

Upcoming event:

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will be visiting The Netherlands in Rotterdam on May 10th and 12th. He will give a public talk on Sunday May 11th, 2014 in Ahoy.

The major paintings of Tashi Norbu’s most recent contemporary artwork will be exhibited in the VIP-hall together with artwork from Wivine Vervaeke. www.dalailama2014.nl


In the mean time... Wereldmuseum Rotterdam
Everybody is invited to come and visit the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, where Tashi has a ongoing exhibition of a painting of H.H. Dalai Lama 14th of Tibet in the main collection in the Tibetan division. In addition to this his contemporary paintings are exhibited in the Art Store of the museum.



 


The Hague, The Netherlands, during Nuclear Security Summit 2014, March 24th and 25th and G-7 meeting regarding the problems in the Ukraine.

The president of China, Xi, also visited The Hague for the NSS meeting. Therefore the Dutch team of International Campaign Tibet (ICT) under the supervision of Tsering Jampa organized a special gathering in The Hague to bring their worries regarding Tibet under attention of president Xi. Tashi Norbu was invited to take part in this gathering, as did many other Tibetans of the Dutch community. On stage he made a painting of H.H. Dalai Lama shaking hands with president Xi, reflecting the hope of a friendly approach in solving the Tibetan issues.



 

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