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Exhibition Detail
Himalayan Pilgrimage: Liberation Through Sight
2625 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2250

June 15th, 2012 - November 25th, 2012
Vajrapani, Vajrapani,
Tibet, 16th century, gilt bronze, 8 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
© On long-term loan from a private collection
East Bay
Please note that the BAM/PFA Galleries are closed from December 22, 2014 through 2015 as we move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, opening in early 2016.

The journey of Himalayan Pilgrimage continues with Liberation Through Sight, a reinstallation that focuses on artworks created as vehicles to enlightenment.

Vajrayana, the esoteric form of Buddhism that prevails in Tibet and the Himalayas, employs myriad icons of deities to reveal the true nature of the Buddha’s teachings. The making of these icons is in itself a devotional act, bringing merit to the artist as well as to the devotee who engages in the practice of visualization through the image. Artists of these works are anonymous, viewed as selfless interpreters of a high spiritual teaching. Their work serves to assist others in gaining understanding of the Buddha’s teachings through visual interpretation.

New art in the recently reinstalled gallery includes an exceptionally rare set of seven paintings depicting the lineage of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, painted around 1815 upon the death of the ninth Dalai Lama, as well as images of compassionate and wrathful deities of the Tibetan pantheon.

A continuation of Himalayan Pilgrimage: Journey to the Land of Snows, which explored the journey of Buddhism across several centuries and from India into Tibet.

The works in this exhibition are on long-term loan from a single private collection.

Himalayan Pilgrimage is organized by Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia M. White.

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