Eight years ago, ten artists came together to undertake an experiment. In a former Sichuanese restaurant along Lhasa’s Barkhor, they created the Gendün Chöpel Artists’ Guild and Gallery, and changed what it meant to be an artist in Tibet forever.
In the years since its opening, the Gendün Chöpel Artists' Guild has grown from the initial group of ten to more than twenty-five artists living and working in Lhasa. The guild’s members have exhibited their work at shows in galleries and museums across China and around the world, including, most recently, “The Scorching Sun of Tibet” at the Songzhang Art Museum in Beijing, and “Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond” at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.
Join us on Friday, January 14, as Tsering Nyandak and Nortse, in conversation with Tenzing Rigdol, explore what’s happening in the art scene in Lhasa now.
Tsering Nyandak (b. 1974, Lhasa) is a founding member of the Gendün Chöpel Artists’ Guild in Lhasa. Beginning in 1999, Nyandak studied art under Tsewang Tashi, another member of the guild and a lecturer in the fine arts department at Tibet University. His most recent works include bright, symbolically charged portraits of women and young children against barren landscapes.
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