Voice of the Thunder Dragon
263 Bowery - New York, 263 Bowery, New York, USA
Feb 11, 2017 to Feb 28, 2017
Detail: Voice of the Thunder Dragon
The First Group Exhibition of Bhutanese Contemporary Art in the US
Exhibition Dates: February 11 – 28, 2017
Opening Reception: February 11, 2017
Voice of the Thunder Dragon presents works from four visual artists who are pioneering contemporary visual art in Bhutan. It is the first group exhibition of Bhutanese contemporary art in the United States. The show is comprised of 25 paintings by artists Asha Kama, Pema “Tintin” Tshering, Phurba Namgay, and Gyempo Wangchuk, whose diverse practices offer unique insight into the Himalayan kingdom’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. The pop-up exhibit opens at 263 Bowery on February 11, 2017 and is on view until February 28, 2017.
Bhutan, nestled in the Western portion of the Himalayan mountain range, is one of the last surviving Himalayan kingdoms. Although small in size, particularly in comparison to its land neighbors India and China, Bhutan is becoming an increasingly powerful voice in the call for conservation of traditional identities, the protection of natural resources, and the importance of happiness in political models. Bhutan has long resisted the forces of modernity, globalization, and industrialization, maintaining isolationist policies and a close connection to its traditional culture. Within the aesthetic system of Bhutanese traditional art, the art object functions as a tool to provide the viewer greater access to spiritual Enlightenment. The works on view offer an alternative, oscillating between contemporary and traditional Bhutanese modes of aesthetic representation.
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