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Wednesday, October 05, 2022


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard,
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Feb 19, 2022 To Oct 16, 2022


Detail: Explore the captivating paintings and sculptures of Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa. This thought-provoking, participatory art experience is presented in the form of a narrative telling a story of loss, struggle, and re-empowerment. Last seen at VMFA in the 2019 exhibition Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, Sherpa’s groundbreaking artwork continues to garner international acclaim. This focused mid-career retrospective is the global artist’s first solo museum exhibition.

Tsherin Sherpa’s works are grounded in the traditional Buddhist art of his training but stretch, bend, reconfigure, and repurpose its forms to explore contemporary concerns. The exhibition’s 36 paintings and sculptures trace the evolution of his “Spirits” series whose subjects resemble Tibetan Buddhist deities transformed by the modern world. Dislocated from their home—an experience familiar to the artist and communities all over the world—these figures move from grief and confusion, to courage and self-assurance, to triumph and wisdom. In their multiple manifestations, the Spirits reveal the power and endurance of transformation.

Phone No.: 804.340.1400
Site URL: http://www.vmfa.museum/tsherin-sherpa-spirits.html

Spirits (Metamorphosis)
Spirits (Metamorphosis)
Tsherin Sherpa (American, born Nepal, 1968)
2019–20
acrylic and ink on canvas
Private Collection

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