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Artist Talk: Masters of Tibetan Bronzework


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Artist Talk: Masters of Tibetan Bronzework

  • Freer/Sackler Galleries 1050 Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC, 20560 United States (map)

Tibetan Buddhism and related Tibetan craft have recently undergone a worldwide renaissance. However, even as the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are flourishing, the production of objects associated with its practice has shifted to non-Tibetan areas. Smithsonian Tibetan Artists in Residance Nima and Dawa Dakpa are working to preserve the traditional bronzework techniques - known as khyenle - used to create sacred objects in Dzongsar, in the Tibetan region of Kham, Sichuan Province, and share them with a new generation.

Join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Freer/Sackler Galleries on September 10 to hear from Nima's daughter, filmmaker Dawa Drolma, about their bronzework and about the sculptures from the Himalayan region currently on view in the Sackler Gallery. The talk will be followed by a reception. 

Learn more about the event and bronze artists, and RSVP today

See more bronze products and read the full kyenle story on the Khyenle website

Earlier Event: September 2
Maison & Objet Paris
Later Event: September 20
New World Crafts Guatemala