‘Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting’ Opens to American Audiences for First Time

Buddhism & Beyond is a series of programs exploring Buddhism, its practice, and its popularity in contemporary culture, organized in conjunction with the exhibition Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting, on view at Asia Society Museum from February 27 through May 20, 2018.

Last week, Asia Society Museum showcased the rich, vibrant, Tibetan paintings discovered by Italian academic and explorer Giuseppe Tucci to American audiences for the first time in the exhibition Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting. The collection of paintings and photographs — which are on loan from the Museum of Civilisation-Museum of Oriental Art’s Giuseppe Tucci exhibition in Rome — highlight Tucci’s contributions to the understanding of Tibet, including Tibetan Buddhism, in the West.

The exhibition, which is curated by Deborah Klimburg-Salter, University Professor Emeritus, CIRDIS, Institute for Art History, University of Vienna; and Associate, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University and Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art, Asia Society, opened at Asia Society New York on February 27 and is on view through May 20. Asia Society Museum celebrated the occasion with a special opening celebration for members that included tea tastings, exhibition tours, a lecture led by Klimburg-Salter, a welcome from the Lulu and Anthony Wang Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran, remarks from Asia Society’s Vice President of Global Arts and Programming Boon Hui Tan, and a blessing from a Tibetan monk.

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