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Monday, February 18, 2013

The Rubin Museum of Art



The Rubin Museum of Art is an American museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas( The Himalayas cross five countries: Bhutan, India Nepal, China and Pakistan, with the first three countries having sovereignty over most of the range) and surrounding regions, especially Tibetan art. It is located at 150 West 17 St. between the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) and Seventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York (150 W 17th Street, New York, NY10011).

The museum originated from a private collection which Donald Rubin, founder of Multiplan, Inc., and his wife, had
been assembling since 1974.  In 1998, he bought the building in which it nowadays stands the museum, and it
was renovated to hold the more than 1,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, textiles, as well as ritual objects from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. It's doors first opened in 2004.
Besides exhibitions based on the museum's permanent collection, it also serves as a venue for national and international traveling exhibitions. The museum is affiliated with the Himalayan Art website to advance the study of Himalayan arts and culture.  To find out about funding for the museum's exhibitions and programs, go to the museum's web.

The Rubin Museum of Art is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The artistic heritage of this vast and culturally varied area of the world remains relatively obscure. Through changing exhibitions and an array of engaging public programs, the museum offers opportunities to explore the artistic legacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate its place in the context of world cultures.
The museum's collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and textiles. Although works of art range in date over two millennia, most reflect major periods and schools of Himalayan art from the twelfth century onward.

The exhibitions are organized with particular care to assist viewers who are new to Himalayan art. Wall texts and interpretive panels supply aesthetic, social, and historical perspectives to both scholars and casual viewers. The Explore Art Galleries on the third and fifth floors (with a video alcove on the sixth floor) take the viewer behind the scenes, answering questions about why and for whom the art was made. Books, paintings, photographs, artifacts, and computer terminals accessing the museum's website and affiliated sites offer other examples of Himalayan and related art.

The Rubin Museum of Art explores the rich art and cultural legacies of the Himalayas, presenting paintings, textiles, and sculpture from Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, as well as those from the larger Himalayan cultural sphere which includes India, China, Mongolia, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The relevance and universality of ideas found in Himalayan art are illuminated through cross-cultural and contemporary art exhibitions, acclaimed educational and public programs. "Doing some of the most original and inspired programs on the arts and consciousness in New York City." —Lisa Paul Streitfeld, Huffington Post




This is an example of some of the videos which the museum posts about the art of the Himalayas...simply wonderful!
Look on the next blog in spanish with a sample of the lasted exhibit in New York.