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Dugu Choegyal Rimpoche

Galleria Alessandra Bonomo

The difficulty of understanding another, distinct culture without simply assimilating it to one’s own has been a topic of intense interest for years now. And it is perhaps the central problem faced by visitors to this exhibition of watercolors on paper by Dugu Choegyal Rimpoche. The artist is a Tibetan lama, recognized as the eighth reincarnation of the abbot of the ancient monastery of Dugu, who was also a painter. Choegyal is using the proceeds from the exhibition for numerous initiatives intended to fight the disappearance of Tibetan culture, which is threatened by the Chinese occupation of his country. The works in the show balance a respect for the traditional devotional iconography of Tibetan art with an expressive immediacy and the free manifestation of the artist’s individual energy. There are recurring themes: imaginary animals, hermits, lotus flowers, landscapes that vanish in

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