Monumental Lhasa Exhibition

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITION IS FIRST TO FOCUS ON RARE IMAGES OF TIBET’S ICONIC ARCHITECTURE

This fall, Rubin Museum of Art visitors will experience Tibet’s most renowned architectural sites through historical and contemporary eyes in the exhibition “Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple.”

Images of monuments and sacred sites like the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, and Taj Mahal act as powerful representations of place, and “Monumental Lhasa” is the first exhibition to explore this kind of visual representation in Tibet, featuring drawings, paintings, and photographs of landmarks created primarily by Tibetans and Westerners since the 18th century. Bringing together over 50 works of art from the Rubin Museum collection as well as
public and private collections across Europe and North America, the exhibition revives one of the original functions of these images—to transmit the holy city of Lhasa to a remote audience. Spanning art that ranges from pilgrimage maps to photo albums, the exhibition explores how images  contribute to the iconic character, familiarity, and power of important landmarks.