The Newark Museum celebrates a 100-year milestone in 2011, the formation of its internationally acclaimed Tibetan collection. Since the first 150 Tibetan objects were displayed here in 1911, the Newark Museum has become a steward of one of the foremost holdings of both secular and religious Tibetan art in the world. Today the collection numbers over 5,500 objects that range from the eleventh to the twenty-first century and is the largest and most important repository for Tibetan art in the Americas. Beginning in March 2011, the Museum will embark on a nine-month Tibet Collection Centennial celebration, honoring Tibetan art, culture and history.
Coinciding with the Tibetan new year festival of Losar, the Tibet Collection Centennial celebration will kick off on Saturday, March 5, 2011 with fantastic Tibetan theatrical performances and the debut of a special exhibition, Tsongkhapa—The Life of a Tibetan Visionary. On Thursday, April 7, Katherine Anne Paul, Curator of the Arts of Asia, will illuminate elements of the exhibited Tsongkhapa paintings during the Annual Tibet Collection Lecture. Five permanent galleries framing the Museum’s Tibetan Buddhist altar also will be reinstalled for the Centennial.
A rich series of public events and activities has been scheduled to supplement the Tibet Collection Centennial, including a lecture series, a Tibetan bazaar, educational courses on Tibet art, tours, arts activities, music and dance, among other exciting programs. The Museum’s Annual Gala on May 7, 2011, will continue the Centennial theme.
View the complete list of Tibet Collection Centennial events and activities.
Funding for the Tibet Collection Celebration is provided by:
Newark Museum Volunteer Organization
Textile Conservation Workshop
Banner (detail): Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) Central Painting, Tibet, 18th-19th century, Colors, gold on cloth, 26 in. x 19 in., Gift 1911 Crane Collection 11.695