4. August 2005 - 30. April 2006
The 14 Dalai Lamas
TIBETAN REINCARNATIONS OF BODHISATTVA AVALOKITESHVARA
The main exhibition on the 1st floor of the Ethnographic Museum presents the
600-year history of Tibet as personified by a single line of some of its leading historical figures. Displayed in a succession of rooms and smaller spaces are historic treasures that relate to each of the 14 men who have wielded spiritual and secular power. The most esteemed among them, due to their sacred and worldly significance, were well-documented in their own lifetime and are given more space in the exhibition. These include the “Great Fifth” (1617-1682); the forward looking and reform-minded “Thirteenth” (1876-1933); and the current “Fourteenth” (born 1935). The exhibits, some some seen for the first time, include rare items such as a set of seven delicate paintings; a set of throne room accessories; objects from the estate of the 14th Dalai Lama; a gift presented to Tsar Nicholas II by the 13th Dalai Lama; a seven-foot statue of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva the Dalai Lamas are said to be reincarnations of; pages from the 5th Dalai Lama’s ‘Secret Biography’; and a scroll documenting the life and enthronement of the 9th Dalai Lama (1806-1815).
4. August 2005 -
8. Januar 2006
“His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama – Journey to Peace”
Photographs By MANUEL BAUER
The photography exhibition on the 2nd floor of the Ethnographic Museum, from August 4, 2005 through January 8, 2006, features the work of Manuel Bauer, a Swiss photographer and a Tibet specialist. Culled from some 75’000 mostly black and white photographs of the 14th Dalai Lama, taken between 2001 and 2004 in Dharamsala and all around the world, Bauer’s photographs document the Tenzin Gyatso’s dedication to the Tibetan people and to world peace. The
eponymous book of photographs with text by Matthieu Ricard and Christian Schmidt is published by Scalo Books.
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