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View of “Paola Pivi,” 2012–13.

Paola Pivi

Castello di Rivoli

View of “Paola Pivi,” 2012–13.

Paola Pivi’s exhibition “Tulkus 1880 to 2018” was open to various levels of interpretation, full of the interweaving articulations and nuances that characterize the larger project of which it is a part. This show represented only the initial phase of a program comprising a number of exhibitions that will unfold over the next six years, with the second stage currently taking place at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. This exhibition takes on the tradition in Tibetan Buddhism surrounding a tulku, the recognized reincarnation of a great master. Often the tulku, having achieved a high level of spiritual and intellectual realization, is able to identify the circumstances of his own rebirth—both the place and the person—and to communicate these through encoded messages to other masters, who are charged with indicating the prechosen subject, generally

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