Thangka Art Exhibition
Exhibition Date: 21 May -20 June 2016 (except for public holidays)
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00
Exhibition Venue: China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Address: Level 1, 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Thangka is a form of Buddhist art originated from Tibet, China. It is an extensive genre and a long-established painting tradition which occupies a prominent position in the art world like the traditional ink painting in China and oil painting in the West.
Due to its inextricable connection to Tibetan Buddhism, Thangka art is a form of pictorial representation which has recorded various aspects of Tibetan history, culture, religion, science and so forth. It also exhibits a rich spectrum of regional features and distinctive characteristics that have remained prevalent ever since its inception. Thus, Thangka is a world-class artistic creation that combines a mesmerizingly wonderful culture with its unique geographic identity. It is a sublime distillation of Tibetan Buddhism and the pinnacle of aesthetic splendor; so much so that outstanding Thankga works seem to resound from the farthest reaches of the cosmos and penetrate the depth of the human soul.
The fortuitous preservation of Thangka in colour over hundreds of years can be largely attributed to the selection of mineral and organic pigments, even though their valuable properties were little-understood at the time. It took painters months, if not years, to complete a piece of Thangka work. In this way, multiple generations of Thangka artists found the strength to persevere through their religious faith, and in turn derived artistic inspiration from their own lives.
This exclusive Thangka exhibition will feature 28 Thangka paintings including 3 precious ancient Thangka artwork dating back to the 17th century. The Thangka paintings to be shown, all best represent the spirit and core of Chinese Tibetan Buddhism, whilst matching the taste of local audiences.