Museum of Fine Arts in Boston opens exhibition featuring 17th century Tibetan Paintings

artwork: Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961) - "The Shambala in Modern Times", 2008 - Silk-screen with gold and silver leaf on paper. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Marshall H. Gould Fund. -  Courtesy of the artist. -  Photo: © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


BOSTON, MA.- The search for the utopian realm of Shambhala, also sometimes known as “Shangri-la” has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years. Be it a state of mind or an actual place somewhere in Central Asia, this legendary kingdom is said to be ruled by a lineage of 32 mythological kings who are protectors of Tibetan Buddhist texts. A set of newly conserved 17th-century paintings representing 22 of these Shambhala kings provides the focal point of the MFA’s
exhibition Seeking Shambhala, on view from March 6 to October 21 on the second floor of the Museum. Through these centuries-old scroll paintings and decorative objects, as well as contemporary works, the exhibition examines the spiritual journey to find “The Pure Land” where peace reigns, wealth abounds, and no illness exists. Seeking Shambhala is presented with generous support from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Exhibition Fund and the Dr. Robert A. and Dr. Veronica Petersen Fund for Exhibitions.