Yaks, Yetis, Yogis
Tibet in Comics
14 July – 10 November 2013
The inaccessible land of legends on the roof of the world has
long served as a focus for Western fantasies. Comic cartoonists,
too, have been inspired for more than 60 years by Tibet’s magical
aura. In comic cartoons it becomes as much a place of learning for
superheroes as a hideout for evil villains. Donald Duck, Mickey
Mouse and company have their adventures in a clichéd Shangri-La.
Other comics incorporate Tibetan history and include religious or
political themes. But the Tibet of the comics is always a place of
the mystical and the extraordinary. The exhibition gives visitors
the opportunity to browse through this rich comic literature.
Organized by the Rubin Museum of Art, New York
1588 Persia – Europe – Iran 2013
Work in Progress
27 September 2013 – 12 January 2014
The bonds linking Europe and Persia became closer after 1600.
This began with the Persian legation under Mehdi Qoli Beg at the
court of Rudolf II and continued with the establishment of English
and Dutch merchants as well as French religious orders in Isfahan.
The cultural exchange had a lasting influence. Bearing testimony to
this are the representations of contemporary Persians in Dutch
paintings, the ‘European’ nude in Persian art, or the Persian sash
as an integral part of the Polish national costume. Part of the
exhibition is dedicated to contemporary Iranian art and addresses
the question how we perceive Iran today.
With the support of the Vontobel Foundation
Canopies of the Goddess
Textile Art from Gujarat, India
13 December 2013 – 13 April 2014
‘Canopies of the Goddesses’ is the name given to large-scale
illustrated textiles in Gujarat which mark the sacred place for the
veneration of goddesses. They tell in pictures of the deeds of the
deities and their worship. The goddesses were supposed to sit on
these ‘temple cloths’ during the ritual. The exhibition shows a
selection of these extraordinary textiles. It gives a glimpse into
the techniques and production processes, their religious
iconography and ritual use. The ‘temple cloths’ shown here are part
of the important textile collection which the former director and
current president of the Rietberg Gesellschaft, Dr Eberhard
Fischer, recently gave to the museum.
Indian Paintings in the Park-Villa Rieter
Courtly elegance: Scenes from Indian Princely States
4 December 2012 – 1 August 2013
Secret Garden: The Collection of D. Porret
3 August – 1 December 2013
Christ in India: Christian Motifs in Indian painting
From 3 December 2013