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The Wheel of Life and a Tibetan Bronze
Posted: September 29th, 2008

In this SundayArts Choice we have two selections from the Rubin Museum of Art.

One of the pieces, The Wheel of Life, depicts the cycle of rebirth from Tibetan Buddhist mythology. The painting includes images of gods, demi-gods, demons, humans, animals, and angry spirits in a constant cycle of life struggling to eventually reach enlightenment. The painting can have both mythological and psychological interpretations.

The second piece is a Tibetan bronze of a bodhisattva believed to be from the 14th century. Bullet holes left in the masterpiece create a dual meaning that presents both peace and tranquility in contrast with the rage and destruction of humanity.

Learn more about the Rubin Museum of Art.

This exhibition is also funded by  The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, who is also a funder of SundayArts.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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