Behind-the-Scenes Discussion on Nepalese Thangka Paintings
Join us as we hear from one of the select few who is able to touch a museum’s works of art. In the CSMVS (former Prince of Wales) Museum’s conservation studio — usually off-limits to visitors — Anupam Sah will talk about the interventions and practices that are necessary to preserve cultural treasures in Mumbai’s difficult climate. In particular, he will address his conservation treatments of the spectacular Nepalese thangkas in the Museum’s permanent collection. Thangka paintings are a distinctive form of Buddhist art introduced in the 11th century, painting on silk fabric, which fuse Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and Chinese forms.
Anupam Sah is a heritage conservation-restoration practitioner and trainer and is presently the consulting head of art conservation, research and training at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre, Mumbai. He also directs projects and training programmes for The Himalayan Society for Heritage and Art Conservation and A HeritageLab. His previous engagement was as Director (Projects) for INTACH ICCI, the conservation division of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, where he served for 11 years from 1994-2005. Sah is a recipient of the Sanskriti Award for Social and Cultural Achievement for his work in the field of heritage conservation with a strong community link.
This programme is part of our AsiaLens series, which presents an array of perspectives on the visual and performing arts of modern Asia, offering a vibrant and nuanced view across the continent. Previous events under this series include a lecture with Dr. Sugata Bose on the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, a discussion on the 11th Sharjah Biennial, a discussion on Art and Feminism and a contemporary dance performance by KENTARO!!.
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