‘From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley’ & ‘Nepal in Black and White: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski’ March 14 – October 13, 2008
RMA is pleased to present two exhibitions focused on Nepal, ‘From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley’ and ‘Nepal in Black and White: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski.’ Both exhibitions open to the public on Friday, March 14 and run through Monday, October 13, 2008.
‘From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley’ draws from RMA’s permanent collection, exhibiting more than 50 of the museum’s finest examples of Nepalese sculpture, painting, and ritual objects. Emphasis is on highlighting the variety of forms and subjects, techniques and media, which emerged from Nepal’s creative matrix. The exhibition also touches on the main religious traditions of the
‘Nepal in Black and White: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski’ presents more than 30 of Kevin Bubriski’s photographs, selected from his large body of work produced over the last 35 years of his visits to Nepal, beginning in 1975. The exhibition is composed of his black and white photographs, taken in the mid-1970s and mid-1980s. In addition, four of Kevin Bubriski’s color photographs will be on view in the lobby near RMA’s spiral staircase.
Kevin Bubriski’s first introduction to the country he would come to document over the years was as a Peace Corps volunteer working on drinking water supply pipelines in remote mountain villages. He carried
With unflinching clarity and sharp detail, the photographs in ‘Nepal in Black and White: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski’ show the changes that took place between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, especially the influence of Western society on a previously isolated culture.
In his words: „The realization that not only my camera but also the modern world was, in turn, making ever-increasing intrusions into even the most remote areas of Nepal compelled me to document a time and way of life slipping inexorably into the past“.
About RMA: RMA houses an esteemed collection of Himalayan art. The paintings, pictorial textiles, and sculpture are drawn from cultures that touch upon the 1,800 mile arc of mountains that extends from Afghanistan in the northwest to Myanmar (Burma) in the southeast and includes Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, and Bhutan. The larger Himalayan cultural sphere, determined by significant cultural exchange over millennia, includes Iran, India, China, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.
The rich cultural legacy of this region, largely unfamiliar to Western viewers, offers an uncommon opportunity for visual adventure and aesthetic discovery. For young and old alike it is an environment in
Working to foster connections between visitors and the art is RMA’s diverse team of knowledgeable and professional guides who are always available on the gallery floors to answer questions, engage in
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From the Land of the Gods (Satis Shroff)
March 14, 2008 by satisshroff