Murals of Tibet: Ancient Treasures Revealed, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Southwest USA  

April 30, 2013
7:00 pm

Author, photographer, and journalist Thomas Laird will be giving a public talk about Tibetan murals at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on April 30. After half a dozen expeditions to Tibet in the past decade, visiting 16 sites thousands of miles apart, Laird has assembled the only collection of “life size resolution” images of more than 250 Tibetan murals. In this talk, sponsored by the Southern Asian Art Council, Laird will discuss where, when, and how these Tibetan murals were painted, as well as essential Tibetan ideas about what the murals mean. Many of the murals featured in Laird’s talk have never before been seen outside of Tibet.

Thousands of murals were painted in temples and monasteries all across the Tibetan Plateau, but not many have survived and until now few of them have been seen or described, as good photographs of them are nonexistent. The large size of the murals (up to 10 x 30 feet), the dark rooms, and the limitations of traditional photography have kept these treasures out of the world’s eye.

Thomas Laird lived for thirty-five years in the Himalayas and is author of the book The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama and a forthcoming book, Murals of Tibet, to be published by TASCHEN in 2014.

The talk will take place at the Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. $10 general admission; $5 LACMA members; free for SAAC members and students with ID. Tickets: 323 857-6010, or purchase online.

Image: Mural of Green Tara, Kumbum, Gyantse, Tibet, circa 1415 BCE. Copyright 2013, Thomas Laird.