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Special Event - Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expedition, Asia Society Exhibit Preview

Paintings and Places: Giuseppe Tucci’s Travels in Tibet through Painting and Photography

Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art,
Asia Society Museum


In late February through May 2018, the Asia Society will feature the exhibition, "Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting." Dr. Adriana Proser will introduce the story of Giuseppe Tucci and the eight major expeditions he made to Tibet between 1926 and 1948. Dr. Proser's presentation will include some of the extraordinary paintings collected by Giuseppe Tucci, and expedition photographs shot by his expedition photographers.

This exhibition, which will be at the Asia Society (just down the block from The Explorers Club headquarters), will feature an extraordinary group of works from the National Museum of Oriental Art (MNAO), Rome, including major paintings collected by Giuseppe Tucci during his expeditions to Tibet and now in the collection of the MNAO. The MNAO paintings have only recently been restored as a group and this exhibition provides the first opportunity for scholars and the general public to see these historically important and stunningly beautiful works in the United States.

Join us for this early glimpse into the geographical and spiritual journeys of one of the 20th century's greatest explorers, and a sneak peek at what will be shown of this incredible exhibit starting in February of 2018.

Date: Friday, December 15

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Reservation Notes:

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Seats are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 212.628.8384.

For more information on the Asia Society Exhibit, Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting. February 27–May 20, 2018, click here.



Header Photo: (Detail) The Sixteen Arhats (Neten, gNas brtan) - Vajriputra Arhat. 17th century CE. Tibet: Kham (Khams) (East Tibet). Water-based pigments on cloth. 76 x 50 cm. MNAO, inv. 926/759


Center Photo: Giuseppe Tucci in his camp reorganizing the scattered pages of several manuscripts. Tibet: Miang, Ngari (West Tibet). (Eugenio Ghersi 1933; Neg. dep. 6037/28)


Bottom Photo: Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang, gTsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakyapa. Pigments on cloth. MNAO, inv. 941/774

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