Co-organized by Buddhist arts and culture institution Chuan Der Buddhist (全德佛教), "Tibet At a Glance: Special Exhibition of Tibetan Miniatures" will be held from Dec. 21, 2019 through March 31, 2020 at the Mongolian and Tibetan Cultural Gallery in Taipei.
At the opening ceremony on Dec. 21, well-acclaimed drummer Zara Huang (黃子翎) was invited to lead a special performance dedicated to the snow-capped mountains of Tibet with Taipei-based Möbius Strip Theatre drummers.
Deputy Minister of Culture Peng Chun-heng (彭俊亨) remarked that Tibet is located on snow-covered highlands, and its special geographical environment created a unique and timeless culture with rich and diverse characteristics. The Ministry of Culture will continue to support the Mongolian and Tibetan Cultural Gallery in preserving and promoting the unique cultures that the gallery is named after, he added.
The special exhibition will have seven areas presenting Tibetan dolls with different themes, namely "Kings and Ministers," "Lhasa Street Scenery," "Tibetan Costumes," "Vajrayāna," "Monlam Prayer Festival," "Jetsun Milarepa," and "Lhamo Costumes." These Tibetan dolls were exquisitely engraved by monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery of south India. From the doll's hair and face to clothing, accessories, and shoes, all are made by hand, requiring roughly five to six weeks of work each amongst six monks.
Each doll is considered the embodiment of the colorful Tibetan culture that encompasses unique religious beliefs, plateau lifestyles, traditional costumes, and vibrant performance arts like dance, drama, and opera. Each section will bring to life the distinct and unique customs of various Tibetan regions, including U-Tsang, Kham, north Tibetan Plateau, Ngari, and Kongpo. As exhibition-goers traverse from section to section, they will experience the vast Tibetan Plateau to the bustling Lhasa bazaar.
Moreover, there will be craft workshops to teach children to create their own dolls with play dough and three-dimensional paper art. There will also be many lectures on Tibetan culture and music, as well as rejuvenating yoga classes instructed in the Five Tibetan Rites style.
Members of the general public are invited to partake in this artistic soul-searching journey, and experience the beauty and charm of Tibetan culture.
‘Tibet At a Glance: Special Exhibition of Tibetan Miniatures’
• Date: Dec. 21, 2019 – March 31, 2020
•Venue: Mongolian and Tibetan Cultural Gallery
• Address: No. 3, Lane 8, Qingtian Street, Taipei (ROC)
• Hours: 9am – 5pm (Closed on Sundays)
• Site: https://tibetanfestival.moc.gov.tw/index/zh-tw/event/18487