The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan, [Honolulu]
The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan, on view at the Honolulu Academy of Arts from February 26 through May 25, 2008, is a groundbreaking exhibition of rare religious Buddhist art with a special focus on ancient ritual Buddhist dances that continue to be practiced in Bhutan. Organized by the Honolulu Academy of Arts in conjunction with the Department of Culture, a branch of the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs of the Royal Government of Bhutan, The Dragon's Gift coincides with 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Wangchuck Dynasty and takes place during the first year that the country of Bhutan transforms itself into a democratically elected constitutional monarchy. Five years in the making, it is the first comprehensive exhibition of Bhutanese Buddhist art in the United States.
Following its debut presentation in Honolulu, the exhibition will travel to:
· The Rubin Museum of Art, New York Sept. 19, 2008-Jan. 5, 2009
· The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, February-May 2009