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Green Tara (detail), 18th c., Tibet, pigments on cloth, 46 1/4 x 30 5/8 in., Rubin Museum of Art, Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin

Gateway to Himalayan Art

June 11, 2021 – August 3, 2025

Gateway to Himalayan Art, curated by Elena Pakhoutova, introduces viewers to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection.

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The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room

October 11, 2019 – October 18, 2026

Since it first opened, the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room has been one of the most popular installations at the Rubin Museum, providing an immersive experience inspired by a traditional shrine. Art and ritual objects are displayed as they would in an elaborate private household shrine, a space used for offerings, devotional prayer, rituals, and contemplation. For Museum visitors, this richly detailed, immersive installation provides an oasis for peaceful contemplation at the heart of the Rubin Museum.

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Vaishravana, Guardian King of the North; China; 16th century; wood with lacquer and gold pigment; Rubin Museum of Art; gift from a trustee in honor of Shelley and Donald Rubin, founders of the Rubin Museum of Art; C2010.17

Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art

January 29, 2021 – January 8, 2028

This regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years and featuring objects drawn primarily from the Rubin Museum’s collection.

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Mandala Lab installation

Mandala Lab

October 1, 2021 – October 30, 2031

An Interactive Space for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning

The Mandala Lab, located on the Museum’s remodeled third floor, invites curiosity about our emotions. Consider how complex feelings show up in your everyday life and imagine how you might have the power to transform them. Inspired by powerful Buddhist principles, the Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, sculpture, and curated percussion instruments—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

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Project Himalayan Art

Publication, Traveling Exhibition, and Digital Platform

This monumental initiative, which is now live, is the first project of its kind to offer comprehensive, introductory resources for learning about Himalayan art, with a focus on the cross-cultural exchange of Tibetan, Himalayan, and Inner Asian art and cultures. It features an expansive digital platform, traveling exhibition to university museums, and a cross-disciplinary publication featuring essays from 72 international scholars. The new digital platform is a hub to dive into the world of Himalayan art, including for students, teachers, scholars, or visitors looking to expand their understanding of Himalayan art and cultures. It features materials from the traveling exhibition, which opened this month at its first venue, Lehigh University Art Galleries, 108 object essays from the publication (available to pre-order today), videos, 360-degree object views, an interactive map, a glossary of hundreds of definitions, over 1,000 object images, and much more!

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