For the Buddhist Art Collector: Rubin Museum of Art
The Museum’s collection includes paintings, sculpture, textiles, ritual objects and more, spanning a period from the 2nd to the 20th century.

"The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is a cultural and educational institution dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. Its mission is to establish, present, preserve and document a permanent collection that reflects the vitality, complexity and historical significance of Himalayan art and to create exhibitions and programs designed to explore connections with other world cultures. RMA is committed to addressing a diverse audience - from connoisseurs and scholars to the general public and young children. Through its collection, library, exhibitions and educational programs, RMA will become an international center for the preservation, study and enjoyment of Himalayan art."

A Sense of Place
Students and Families Respond to Himalayan Art
August 4–September 18, 2006

The exhibition’s theme, “a sense of place,” was, for many students, an introduction to the idea of setting. Third- and sixth-grade students at PS 134, The Henrietta Szold School, participated in a five-month program designed to familiarize them with the art of the Himalayas through museum visits and close interaction with RMA educators during two ninety-minute Saturday workshops at the museum. This exhibition presents a collection of student works that focus on the topic of landscapes.

There is an additional selection of individual family works. These explore a painting from RMA’s collection featuring Tara, one of the most popular female Buddhas of Northern Buddhism. After a group discussion, students made sketches and planned their paintings. Younger students created their own landscapes stressing color, line, and shape. More-experienced students chose to depict places that are relevant in their lives, or let Himalayan art fire their imaginations to create spaces and characters.


Building the Collection: Acquisitions 2005–2006
October 13, 2006–February 9, 2007

This selection of forty-five objects from India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, and China is evidence of RMA’s dedication to building its collection in all areas of Himalayan art. Comprising twenty paintings, sixteen sculptures, and several other pieces such as masks, architectural details, embroidered textiles, manuscript covers, and stupas, the exhibitions highlights Himalayan objects from the tenth through the early twentieth century.

What is it? Himalayan Art
On view since October 28, 2005

Himalayan art is new terrain for many people. This exhibition is intended to serve as a guide through this exhilarating landscape. It is organized into four sections, each addressing one of the following basic questions about Himalayan art: WHERE IS IT MADE? WHY IS IT MADE? HOW IS IT MADE? WHAT IS GOING ON?

Each object on view contributes a partial answer to the question “What is Himalayan art?” The installation will change periodically to refocus the questions and to pose others. The Museum as a whole is a journey along many paths through Himalayan art, offering intimate encounters and changing perspectives.

Tours Talks & Lectures

Guided Tours throughout the Galleries,
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

RMA now offers complimentary guided tours throughout the galleries! Every day (except Tuesday- at 3 p.m.) for a unique journey into Himalayan Art, with new perspectives every week. Free with Museum admission. Tours are an hour long and are subject to availability (15 person maximum). Meet at the base of the spiral staircase in the RMA's lobby.


KEYtalk:Reflections of Faith early Sikh traditions in art by art historian and exhibition curator Dr. B.N. Goswamy
A keytalk about the images of the early Sikh traditions in art by the distinguished art historian and curator Dr. B.N. Goswamy.

The Yogis of Tibet
A 77-minute 2002 documentary by Phil and Jo Borack that captures on film some of the last remaining practitioners in Tibet of the once-secret Tantric exercises over both mind and body.

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