Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Explore the major strands of Himilayan art at the Rubin Museum of Art

Detail from the White Beryl, a prominent new acquisition and important illuminated manuscript illustrating the Tibetan system of elemental divination
NEW YORK---Closing in February at the Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks," a regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin, explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art. It covers a period of over 1,000 years, and presents regional artistic traditions in their broad cultural, geographic, historical, and stylistic contexts. The 2016 iteration of this exhibition draws from the Rubin collection and is augmented by a few select long-term loans. "Masterworks" is organized geographically, showcasing the diverse regional traditions of western Tibet, central Tibet, eastern Tibet, and Bhutan in relation to the neighboring areas of India, Kashmir, Nepal, China, and Mongolia.

Rubin Museum of Art:  "Masterworks of Himalyan Art" (Through February 6, 2017); 150 West 17th St., New York, NY; (212) 620-5000;
The Rubin Museum in New York has acquired a unique illustrated board manuscript known as the White Beryl manuscript.