In 2009, the Fondation Alain Bordier opened the “Tibet Museum” in the heart of the medieval city of Gruyères in Switzerland. The Fondation is an intrisically unique institution which presents an exceptional collection of Himalayan art. Art collector Alain Bordier has compiled more than four hundred Buddhist religious objects. He has vowed to share his fascination for Buddhist art and to consolidate a collection of meticulously conserved religious objects.
On the occasion of its 19th exhibition, the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent displays the masterpieces of this collection, thus offering for the delectation of a Parisian public an inestimable panorama of Tibetan sacred art and its Indian and Nepalese origins.
The numerous ancient pieces presented in the exhibition allow us to enjoy works currently missing from national collections, most notably some bronzes from Northeast India, medieval Kashmir and western Tibet.
Of the 127 pieces displayed, in tiers from the 6th to the 19th centuries, pieces dating from prior to the 17th century are the best represented. Among the hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist divinities, often portrayed in complex guises, a significant variety permits a privileged glimpse of this field of religious iconography, with a choice place reserved for kindly divinities and for religious portraits.
Curator Gilles Béguin
Set designer Christophe Martin
Exhibition catalogue, Éditions Findakly, 2013, €35