Since March 2013 Flip Side, The Unseen in Tibetan Art is on view at the Rubin Museum of Art. The exhibition reveals and explains the backs of selected Tibetan artworks for the first time. Be ready for surprises. A brochure planned to accompany the exhibit had to be abandoned, and what is being presented in the exhibit is so far unpublished.
In May 2012 I had again the opportunity to visit Mustang, Nepal, called Lo locally. This time I spent twenty one days in the restricted area, saw the Tiji festival, a ritual dedicated to the deity Vajrakīlaya, visited sites I had not seen at my earlier visit, and also walked down the east side of the Kali Kandaki valley, a spectacular walk indeed. This journey was for a project on behalf of the Rubin Museum of Art about which I will inform in due course. Here are two picture galleries from this trip:
One nice autumn day in 2011 I was invited to join a day trip to the Storm King Art Center an hour drive north of New York city. What an amazing park and art landscape to roam around and get new views with every step, even more so with the famous New York state autumn colors in full swing.
Thanks to an invitation of Ryukoku University, in Summer 2011 I finally had the chance to visit Kyoto and some surrounding historic places, what a revelation in both art and architecture. With my affinity to Buddhist art and Yoga Tantra, and a background in Indian art, this was certainly the best place to go to in Japan, and to learn from. Besides the quality of the art and architecture I was fascinated by those aspects of early Japanese Buddhist art that document a loss in translation (as well as adaptation and subsequent reinterpretation) from the wider South Asian area to Japan. Take the iconic Ashura from the Kofukuji in Nara, is he really explainable on the basis of an Indic background or must he not much rather be interpreted against the Iranic/Zoroastrian interpretation of the world? I also can't decide if I would rather move to Amitabha's phoenix palace at Uji or his gigantic world of the Todaiji at Nara. This is what samsara and desire are all about, or not?
With 1st October 2010 I settled in New York. My books have arrived some month later and fill my modest but well located apartment. Living as an academic nomad—and haven't slept in my own bed—for many years, I am glad to have a different life style now. While searching for my present apartment, I shared a place with a view of New York as one imagines it in one's dreams ...
Thanks to an extremely generous person I could visit Mustang in August 2010, a visit that had a considerable impact on me. Not only are the temples of Lo Manthang impressive in many respects, but in general the art and artistic heritage preserved in this region is remarkable. Needless to say, also the flights and the walks to get there and back are an exquisite experience in themselves. Astonishingly, on the way up we were accompanied by a group of bikers, who carried their bikes more than they could use them. Brave people indeed ...
This site mainly contains information on my work, but will eventually be expanded by a selection of the many pictures I have taken during my many travels. The page is aims to:
I also maintain a web site on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Art (ITBA). This site has been created to publish general information on sites and art I and some colleagues have been working on, as well as material complementary to published works. Since such work is not acknowledged much, I can only take very little time to add and update content there.