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Volume 36 – Number 6

Sep 2005

 


The 14 Dalai Lamas: Tibetan Reincarnations of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
  
World Museum Liverpool 

'Jam-dpal rgya-mtsho, the 8th Dalai Lama, encircled by scenes of his birth and
enthronement, his teachers and various religious and secular dignitaries
Tibet, early 19th century 
Thangka
Collection RRE, Winterthur

The world first learned of Tibet and the Dalai Lama through diplomats and adventurers who were privileged or brave enough to journey there. With the tumultuous events of the mid-20th century, this exotic view has been transformed. Although the Dalai Lama has become one fo the potent symbols of our time, little is known about this institution that he represents and the lineage he belongs to. 'The 14 Dalai Lamas: Tibetan Reincarnations of Bodhisattva' represents the first significant study of these topics. Urs Haller and curator Martin Brauen introduce this Zurich exhibition. Per Sorensen explains how the Dalai Lama's lineage was established and Kimiaki Tanaka discusses how it was represented in thangkas. Michael Henss traces the process in which photography transformed visual representations of the Dalai Lama from an icon to a 'real' person. 
 
Material amassed by early travellers to Tibet forms an important part of the Asian holdings at World Museum Liverpool. Emma Martin describes new displays which show such holdings to their best advantage. Eldon Worrall sheds light on the importance of the China Trade to Liverpool. 
 
As the art market continues its bullish run, we report on auctions from Hong Kong, Paris, Stuttgart and London. In the commentary, Kimberley Te Winkle discusses some of the pressing issues that Chinese auction houses face. With the start of autumn, we introduce a new sason of gallery shows and fairs.  
 
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