Art Exhibit: Gonkar Gyatso, "Buddha's Picnic"

February 12, 2018 - March 17, 2018

12:00 AM

Washington and Lee University Wilson Hall Staniar Gallery
100 Glasgow Street
Lexington, VA 24450


In Buddha’s Picnic, Gonkar Gyatso reconstructs a countryside shrine in Staniar Gallery, creating a material and experiential journey into the modern practice of constructing temporary sanctuaries. In keeping with Gyatso’s exploration of the sacred and the mundane with an approach that is both irreverent and probing, the installation invites visitors to examine the parallels between two deeply ingrained Tibetan traditions: Buddhist worship and picnicking.

Over the past 20 years Gyatso has gained international recognition for his multimedia work examining issues around cultural identity and hybridity. He has completed many installations including: Three Realms in Brisbane Australia in 2012; 108; Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky for the Singapore Art Museum in 2013; Family Album at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, GA, 2016; and at Art Basel Encounters, March 2017.

February 12, 2018 - March 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

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