Tashi Norbu and Team
Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art
It is situated in Emmen, called the city of butterflies, Northeastern Holland, at the border with Germany, in a beautiful landscape amidst a forest of huge trees and little ponds. This landscape which used to be a zoo area at the past, hosts now in οne of its pavilions, the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art.
The idea of the Museum was initiated by the Tibetan Artist Tashi Norbu and Team, with the aim to become a Museum-cradle of Contemporary Tibetan Art; sending messages of spiritual awareness across the planet; keeping and preserving the Tibetan Art and culture which comes from the roof of the world -where Tibet is-, and embraces all the Western world. And this is the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art! The first one in Europe to house and exhibit Contemporary Tibetan Art.
On 1st June 2017 it opened its doors to the public; since then, it has become everyone’s Museum with a continuing activity, projects exhibitions and displays, exploring and sharing perceptions, feelings and innovative thoughts!
The Traditional Division of the Museum would host various Tibetan items derived from the culture and ethics of Tibet. These statues are part of this Division. They are installed in the Tibetan “Altar”, the sacred place dedicated to images, objects, statues and offerings, representing faith, devotion, respect. In the coming days offerings will also be installed. Traditionally, eight offerings are placed on an “Altar”: water for drinking, water for bathing, flowers, incense, light, scent or perfume, food and music.
They represent what is tradionally offered to guests in a Tibetan home. In the days that travellers visited Tibet, would rely on the kindness of strangers in their homes, to provide shelter and food.
On a deeper level the “Altar” represents the goal of the Path. Reminding us that it is possible to achieve enlightenment. The “Altar” that you see, dates back to the time of Tashi Norbu’s ancestors and has been brought here from his home in Dharamsala, recalling days of devotion together with the family