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Nepalese Art at The Rubin

​The importance of Nepal as a rich and historic source for sacred Buddhist and Hindu art is reflected in the more than six hundred Nepalese objects in the Rubin Museum’s collection. Presented here is a small selection of our Nepalese art to acknowledge the devastating and destructive natural disaster that struck the country in late April. Works of art from Nepal are more fully represented in our exhibitions and galleries, as well as in the Museum’s lobby where we are highlighting works from Nepal in a special installation.


Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual

Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual

Featuring almost fifty objects from the Rubin Museum’s premiere collection of Nepalese art and select loans, Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual illustrates the enduring manifestation of rituals, agrarian festivals, and the natural environment in the art of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley.

On view May 6, 2016 – March 27, 2017


Artwork Highlights

Here is a selection of Nepalese works of art from the Rubin Museum online collection. There are additional objects on view in our current exhibitions. For hours and directions, please visit the Plan a Visit page.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

We invite you to honor Nepal’s rich cultural tradition by visiting these objects in the galleries.
Nepalese Seasons
Rain and Ritual
May 6, 2016 – March 27, 2017
Masterworks of Himalayan Art
February 10, 2016 – February 6, 2017

Related Past Exhibitions

Over the past ten years, the Rubin has presented several exhibitions which relate directly to artwork either from or about Nepal. Learn more about Nepal’s history and culture by exploring the exhibition pages below.
Becoming Another
The Power of Masks
March 13, 2015 – February 9, 2016
Honoring Nepal
A Special Installation
May 4 – November 30, 2015
Art with Benefits
The Drigung Tradition
April 24 – September 7, 2015
From the Land of the Gods
Art of the Kathmandu Valley
February 2, 2008 – February 7, 2011
Nepal in Black and White
Photographs by Kevin Bubriski
March 14 – October 13, 2008
The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting
September 3, 2010 – May 23, 2011