Past Event

Private Tour of “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics” at the Rubin Museum

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street

FREE for AFA Members
*Part of our “Bring a Friend for 110” initiative. 
$25 General Admission



Join the AFA for a private, before-hours tour of Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism with welcoming remarks by Executive Director, Jorrit Britschgi, and an introduction by Karl Debreczeny, Senior Curator.

Featuring more than 60 objects from the 8th to the 19th century, Faith and Empire explores the dynamic historical intersection of politics, religion, and art in Tibetan Buddhism. How do political leaders rise to power? What gives them to right to rule? In some governments, power comes from democracy, others from sheer might or even through religious mandate.

The force of religion to claim political power is a global phenomenon, and Tibetan Buddhism once offered such divine means to power and legitimacy to rule. Through the lens of Tibetan Buddhism’s potent historic political role in Asia, Faith and Empire seeks to place Himalayan art in a larger global context and shed light on an important but little-known aspect of power in the Tibetan tradition. The exhibition is part of the Rubin Museum’s yearlong exploration of power. In 2019, Rubin exhibitions, talks, programs, and experiences spark new ways of thinking about power, from intention to action.


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