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Tibetan Art in Translation - the Buddha goes Bang!

Zara Fleming

Wednesday 20th March 2019


This lecture will look at Tibetan art from the early twentieth century to the present day and the changes that have occurred during that time span. It will chart the first Tibetan objects arriving in museums and then look at what happens to Tibetan art after the Chinese occupation and colonisation.

Tibet as a geopolitical entity no longer exists as the former country is now part of China. Yet art work produced today by Tibetan artists in China, and amongst exiled communities elsewhere in the world, is being created in a new and dynamic style. Artists explore contemporary issues by integrating centuries old traditional Buddhist influences with modern imagery.

 And the Buddha definitely does go Bang!

Zara is a freelance lecturer, art consultant and exhibition curator specialising in the art and culture of Tibet, the Himalayan regions and Mongolia. Initially based at the V&A, she has also worked in the Central Asia Department of Bonn University, The Orient Foundation, The Royal Academy, and many other institutions. She lectures to many museums and universities as well as for the Arts Society. She has been the guest lecturer and tour guide on numerous trips to the Himalayas. Zara has edited ‘Masterpieces of Mongolian Art Vol 1’ and has published many articles in the field of Buddhist art and culture.