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Nepalese on Chomo Lonzo Mountain

Chomo Lönzo from the alp below the Langma La- Kama Valley, 1921 ©Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Mount Everest: A History
Combining photographs, films, and artefacts from the expeditions leading up to and including the earliest successful attempt to climb the colossal mountain that the Tibetan people call the ‘Mother Goddess of the World’, this exhibition explores the many facets of Everest.

The centennial of the first reconnaissance expedition to Mount Everest in 1921 has been celebrated throughout the year to explore the history, resolute characters, unsung heroes – including Tibetan and Nepalese Sherpas – and changing technologies of the initial attempts to climb the tallest mountain on earth. Organised by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG archives (RGS), this travelling exhibition is curated by Wade Davis, the award-winning author of …

 

Krishna Govardhana: A Journey to Cambodia

In 1973, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) acquired a fragmentary masterpiece of pre-Angkorian Khmer sculpture. Carved from a monolithic block of sandstone about 1,500 years ago, it depicts the young Hindu god Krishna in the superhuman act of holding aloft a low mountain. It comes from a cave at the top…

 

Home of Krishna Govardhana, Northeast peak of Phnom Da in 2019. Southern Cambodia, Takeo Province. Photo: Konstanty Kulik

Northeast peak of Phnom Da in 2019. Southern Cambodia, Takeo Province. Photo: Konstanty Kulik

Bhaishajyaguru Medicine Mandala

Bhaishajyaguru Mandala, thangka, Central Tibet, 14th century, pigment and gold on cotton, 104 x 82.7 cm, The Art Institute of Chicago, Kate S Buckingham Fund

Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure

This was the first major exhibition devoted to surveying the artistic processes and aesthetic traditions of the entire Himalayan region. Some 163 masterpieces were shown in the exhibition, including gilded sculpture, ritual objects, maps, portraits of kings and donors, manuscripts, and paintings from India, Nepal, and Tibet created over a period of more than 1,000 years from the 8th to 19th centuries. Most of the works had never been publicly exhibited in the West.

Mountains are found in all parts of the world, but the largest and most majestic range are in the lofty peaks of the Himalayas. They are almost universally held…

 

500 Arhats: Changnyeongsa Temple, Korea
Arhats are disciples of Buddha who having attained nirvana, and gained insight into the existence of being, but have chosen to stay on earth to help others. A find in 2001 was just the start of the rediscovery of Changnyeonsangsa Temple in South Korea.

South Korea along with its unruly neighbour to the north has been a potential global flash point since 1953 when the armistice between North and South Korea was signed calming hostilities and ending the Korean War that had raged from June 1950. The war was a conflict between East and West, good and evil, communism and capitalism with the Americans fighting for the south and Russia and China – each pursuing…

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Arhats from Changnyeongsa Temple, Gwongol Province, Korea. Photo: Chuncheon National Museum of Korea

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    INDIAN CHINTZ: A HISTORY

    The story of India’s great export, chintz, is told at the Royal Ontario Museum this spring. Using the museum’s world-renowned collection of Indian chintz, …Read More »
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