Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Events

  • Christian Luczanits on Dimensions of Sacred Space: Mandalas in early Tibetan Buddhist Art and Architecture
  • Lecture
  • 9/4/2012
  • 19:00-20:30
  • Kansas Union
  • Host: Department of Religious Studies
Event Description
Christian Luczanits received his M.A. and Ph.D from the noted Institute of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. He was a Freeman Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley in 2004-05, Visiting Professor at Frei Universität in Berlin 2006-08, and recently has held visiting professorships at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Senior Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, one of the premier museums dedicated to art of the Himalayas. A specialist in the Buddhist art of India and Tibet, his research is based on extensive field investigations and documentation done on site in the western Himalayas. He is the author of Buddhist Sculpture in Clay: Early Western Himalayan Art, late 10th to early 13th centuries. He also has done research on Buddhist art immediately before and during Kushana rule. In this connection he co-curated the exhibition "Gandhara - the Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan, Legends, Monasteries and Paradise" at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn. More recently he has curated an exhibit on Buddhist art in the western Himalayan region of Mustang (Lo) at the Asia Society. Mustang (Lo) was a major trade route between India and Tibet during the 10-17th centuries and, hence, also a region rich in well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and sites.