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SOAS Lecture Series: Tantric Arts and Crafts in Bhutan with Timea Tallian Download as iCal file
Thursday 09 May 2013, 18:30 - 20:00

In 2007-2008, Timea Tallian worked in the Himalaya Kingdom of Bhutan as a conservation supervisor and was responsible for the creation of new artwork to be exhibited in the new Ta Dzong Museum in Trongsa (co-sponsored by the Austrian government). This work involved the restoration of important ancient Buddhist artifacts and sacred objects from the Royal collection. The making of new statues involved collaboration with the best craftsman from the monastery and the capital Paro, which led to unexpected insights into the methods and materials used Buddhist arts and crafts. These 13 arts were brought to Bhutan from Tibet by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century. Ngawang Namgyal was the Tibetan Buddhist lama who unified Bhutan into a nation state.

Timea Tallian

Timea pic no 2 30 09 2012-06100pxBorn in Vienna in 1976, Timea studied Painting and Conservation at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna (MA, 2003); she completed an MPhil research degree (2007) at the Royal College of Art in London (exploring the practical reconstruction of 17th century painting materials and the alchemy of paints). Since 2004 Timea has been a freelance conservator, specialising in European and Asian miniature painting, including Tibetan thangkas. She has worked as a contract conservator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and also at the Royal College of Art, teaching students practical aspects of historic painting techniques. She gives talks and papers on historic painting techniques at Museums and Institutions worldwide.

Over 2007-2008 Timea worked in the Himalaya Kingdom of Bhutan, supervising conservation work and the creation of new artwork to be exhibited in the new Ta Dzong Museum in Trongsa. During this period she trained in thangka painting with Lopon Sangay Rinchen, the head painter of the Trongsa monastary. This provided the inspiration for her to paint Tantric Art in a unique hybrid Western/Tibetan style. She was invited to join the Visionary Art collective "Guild of Iluvatar" in 2007 and has worked with visionary artists such as Daniel Mirante, A.Andrew Gonzalez, Maura Holden, Laurence Caruana and Amanda Sage. Currently she lives between Vienna and the U.K.

Date / Time: 9th May 2013, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Price: Free / Donation (The SOAS lecture series free largely due to the generosity of our donors. Suggested donation £5)

Location: Room V211, SOAS, Vernon Square Campus, London, WC1X 9EW See Map

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