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Shambhala is a Sanskrit word describing a mythical land whose exact location is hidden behind mist of snow-capped mountains\, where peace reigns\, wealth abounds\, and there is no illness. The West was first introduced to the concept as “Shangri-la” in the 1930s book and film Lost Horizon\, but Shambhala\, in both physical and spiritual sen ses\, has been part of Tibetan Buddhist art and culture for centuries. “See king Shambhala” explores this spiritual realm within the Tibetan tradition\ , and brings to the fore two contemporary artists’ personal journeys to Sha mbhala.

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I n 1906\, the Museum acquired a set of 17th-century Tibetan paintings depict ing the mythical Shambhala kings and the Buddha. Tibetan Buddhist scripture s state that there have been and will be 32 kings (we are currently in the reign of the 28th) and that the last will usher in an age of enlightenment.

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The paintings have been recently conserved and restored back into traditional thangka (hanging scroll) mount s. “Seeking Shambhala” presents these 23 paintings along with Buddhist ritu al implements\, sculpture\, and other objects\, putting these colorful\, co mplex images in context.

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Also on view are w orks by Japanese graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo\, including his SHAMBALA series of prints produced in 1974. The contemporary Tibetan artist Go nkar Gyatso\, whose collage titled The Shambala in Modern Times wa s shown at the 53rd Venice Biennale\, is also represented.

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DTEND:20121021 DTSTAMP:20140714T133109 DTSTART:20120306 GEO:42.331976;-71.1016439 LOCATION:Museum of Fine Arts Boston\,465 Huntington Avenue \nBoston\, MA 02 115 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Seeking Shambhala \, Gonkar Gyatso\, Tadanori Yokoo UID:231924 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR