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Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now

March 15–October 6, 2024


Artists and museums are storytellers. Our intention as curators for this exhibition was to celebrate an exciting group of artists who have important stories to tell about how Himalayan culture informs their work, their lived experiences with navigating their identities, and their own perspectives on social issues that are important to them.

—Exhibition curators Tsewang Lhamo, Roshan Mishra, and Michelle Bennett Simorella


Contemplate and celebrate what Himalayan art means now with a Museum-wide exhibition of artworks by over 30 contemporary artists, many from the Himalayan region and diaspora and others inspired by Himalayan art and cultures.

On the occasion of the Rubin’s 20th anniversary, Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now transforms the entire Museum with new commissions, some site-specific, and existing works juxtaposed with objects from the Museum’s collection, inviting new ways of encountering traditional Himalayan art.

Through a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, sound, video, installation, performance, and more, the artists explore their personal and collective histories and call attention to themes such as the fluidity of identity, spiritual practices, sense of belonging, grief, memory, and reclamation. The artists also offer critical and thoughtful commentary on issues facing humanity across time.

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is curated by Michelle Bennett Simorella, Director of Curatorial Administration & Collections at the Rubin Museum, with guest curators Roshan Mishra of Taragaon Next and Tsewang Lhamo of Yakpo Collective.

Contributing Artists

    Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is supported by Bob and Lois Baylis, Noah P. Dorsky, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, Agnes Gund, New York Life, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, and Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

    This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

    The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

    This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now’s campaign is underway and the supporter list is in formation.


    Image credits
    Meena Kayastha (b. 1977, Patan, Nepal); Goddess Varahi; 2023; traditional Nepali door, papier-mache, pliers, nails, coins, keys, jewelry, bell, discarded vehicle metal parts; 58 x 28 x 9 in.; photo courtesy of Meena Kayastha, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
    Roshan Pradhan (b. 1977, Bhojpur Bazar, Nepal); New World; 2021; acrylic on canvas; 183 x 152.5 cm; photo courtesy of Sangeeta Thapa, Founder Director Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal.
    Shushank Shrestha (b. 1993, Kathmandu, Nepal); Male Guardian Lion Dog (one of a pair from Two Guardian Lion Dogs); 2023; ceramic, in glaze lustre; 52 × 27 × 44 in.; photo courtesy of Shuhank Shrestha, Massachusetts, USA.

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