Monday, October 4, 2010

New Religious Art Exhibition

I love it when Religious Art is in the news! I just saw this piece in the Huffington Post and had to share.

From the article:

"Embodying the Holy," a new exhibition at New York City's Rubin Museum of Art, brings to light striking similarities between Orthodox Christian icons and traditional Tibetan Buddhist painted scrolls.

Martin Brauen, the museum's Chief Curator, said that the exhibition will "provide points of basic understanding of what connects the so-called East and West on a spiritual level." Elaborating on this spiritual connection, he said that Christian icons and Tibetan painted scrolls are "both representations of a reality that is beyond our human realm. They are depictions of a divine state of being."

I like the idea that the similarities in the art might show a connection between Jesus' "lost years" and the East. Did Jesus really spend time in India or Tibet before beginning his ministry in Palestine/Israel?

"Embodying the Holy" will run Oct. 6, 2010 to March 7, 2011.


Di said...

I like it. Regardless of whether there were lost years (I'm agnostic about that), I'm happy to ruminate about the same God being present to all of us in different ways.

Come to think of it, one of my favorite spots in the Philly museum of art is the cloister-- which looks a good bit like a friend's pictures of eastern temples.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks soooooo awesome. It's a totally fascinating subject. I saw some of the Rubin collection before the museum opened its location. Amazing stuff. As a note, I'm kind of disappointed they didn't name the "ICON Conference" the "ICONference."