Sacred Tibetan art at the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint LaurentBy Artkhade with Art Media Agency
Paris, 20 March 2013
From 14 March to 21 July 2013, the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is offering an exhibition devoted to the sacred art of Tibet.
The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is presenting the major pieces of the collection of the Alain Bordier Foundation, allowing visitors to behold the grandeur of sacred Tibetan art, along with its Indian and Nepalese origins. The Alain Bordier Foundation inaugurated the “Tibet Museum” in 2009 in the heart of the medieval city of Gruyères, in Switzerland. This institution presents an ensemble of Himalayan artworks. As an art collector, Alain Bordier assembled more in 400 religious Buddhist objects within the span of 30 years.
Filled with very ancient pieces, this exhibition allows visitors to appreciate works that are not found in national collections, namely bronzes from Northeast India and Kashmir, dating back to the medieval era and to western Tibet.
The 127 pieces allow visitors to observe Tibetan art and its evolution, the oldest of which are from the 6th century up to the 19th century. A big part of the collection includes artworks dated to the 17th century. Among the hundreds of divinities from Tibetan Buddhism, a large variety deals with the theme of religious iconography, and a choice selection is dedicated to benevolent deities and to religious portraits.