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Curent exhibitions and Events

Our current contemporary collecting programme focuses on HH Dalai Lama activities and its appeal to the world. The aim of the project is to build an archive (objects, films, photographs) of HH Dalai Lama the most influential Spiritual Leader in world, that has played an important role to the Tibetan of Exile culture and the Buddhist culture across the globe. 
The Tibet Museum of the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, with initiative by Tibetan contemporary Artist Tashi Norbu, hosts a permanent exhibition on His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama’s Three Commitments in Life at the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art in Emmen.

Tashi Norbu La, Tashi Phuntsok La, Tashi Norbu La Team and staff, at the inauguration day of the exhibition in front of the 14 panels each measuring 2feet width and 6 feet height, with photos and texts in Tibetan language and English of “H.H. Dalai Lama of Tibet Three Main Commitments in Life.

Tashi Punchok

The Director of Tibet Museum in Dharamsala/India Tashi Punchok La and Tashi Norbu La, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art in Emmen, during the opening ceremony of the exhibition on Dalai Lama’s Three Commitments in Life. 

The exhibition which has been opened to the public since 22nd October 2017 by the Director of Tibet Museum in Dharamsala, India, is an attempt to spread His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s messages across the globe.
The exhibition consisting of 14 panels each measuring 2feet width and 6 feet height, with photos and textual description in Tibetan and English language covers His Holiness Three Main Commitments in life.: 1) the promotion of human values. 2) The promotion of inter-religious harmony and 3) the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture; Tibet’s natural environment both of which are under threat of destruction under Chinese occupation.
The exhibition is permanently showcased at the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art, in Emmen, the Netherlands.

Tibetan Artists Exhibition

Gonkar Gyatso

My Identity Nos.1-4

Artwork of the Tibetan Painter Gonkar Gyatso, Title: My Identity Nos. 1-4
Medium: Photographs, Installation
61,5 x 78 x 3,4 cm dimensions of each
Museum/Collection: Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art, Emmen, The Netherlands - Gallery of Rossi and Rossi Ltd. London, England

Gonkar Gyatso

  • Gonkar Gyatso was born in Tibet in 1961 and graduated from the Central Institute of Nationalities in Beijing, after which he joined the Art Department at Tibet University from 1985-1992, and then migrated to India, and then England where he received a degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2000. 
    (The Tibet Journal, 2008) 

Gonkar Gyatso is one of the foremost Tibetan political artists working today. Known primarily for his works portraying the Buddha without a face, but often either blank or super-imposed with another image such as a the sickle from the Chinese flag, or multiple images from stickers of a central theme, and collected by the artist, has created a political and social self-portrait in My Identity. An installation comprised of actually four separate works, My Identity showcases the artist in four different guises as a Tibetan artist, from four different time periods of the artists’ life. The result is a showcase of different aspects of Gonkar Gyatso’s personal life, to present a small biography of himself, while at the same time making it possible to view the individual pieces as snapshots of other individual Tibetan artists who may be in similar circumstances. 
Descriptive Analysis
My Identity is in actuality a series of four self photographs, often shown as part of a single installation, that shows the artist costumed as a Tibetan artist from four different periods, painting four separate works to correspond with the four different periods of his professional career, and “is a re-enactment of a 1937 photo by C. Suydam Cutting, the first Westerner to enter the Tibetan capital, that portrays the Dalai Lama’s senior thangka painter at work”. 
The first photograph shows Gyatso dressed in a traditional Tibetan robe, painting a Buddha, as a traditional Tibetan artist would work. The second photograph shows Gyatso dressed in a Chinese communist uniform from the Cultural Revolutionary period surrounded by walls covered with newspapers, painting a picture of Mao. The third photograph shows Gyatso dressed as a modern Tibetan refugee artist painting another Buddhist oriented painting, but taking place in the Dalai Lama residence. The last photograph shows Gyatso as a refugee artist in London painting an abstract work, showing him as he is and works today. 
The work is at once colorful and simple, drawing ones attention to the piece through its vibrant use of color and realistic settings. But it is upon closer observation it becomes apparent that the artist is using the simple first impression to convey a stronger political and social message of the life of a Tibetan artist living under Chinese rule, and the identity crisis that such a condition can force upon an individual over the course of a lifetime. From the utilization of a beginning artist attempting to live and paint as a Tibetan, through the forced assimilation into a Chinese culture that is at once pervasive and limited, to attempting to find ones identity as a Tibetan in exile in different locales and with different social groups, the work is a subtle look at not only Gonkar Gyatso’s life, but the life of many Tibetans and artists who live under Chinese domination watching their culture be absorbed or nullified. 

Tenzing Rigdol

Tenzing Rigdol

Medium: Photographs installation. Painting on a glass surface. 

Tenzing Rigdol

  • Rigdol was born in 1982 in Kathmandu, Nepal and was granted political asylum in the USA in 2002. Rigdol studied Tibetan sand painting, butter sculpture and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal. He earned a diploma in traditional Tibetan thangka painting and was awarded a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, USA. Rigdol is also a poet.

Tenzing Rigdol is a contemporary Tibetan artist whose work ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing and collage, to digital, video-installation, performance art and site specific pieces. His paintings are the products of collective influences and interpretations of age-old traditions; they are influenced by philosophy; often capture the ongoing issues of human conflicts; and have strong political undertones – for him, politics is an unavoidable element in his art. Indeed in recent years Rigdol has become a focus for young Tibetan diaspora precisely because of the political nature of his art. 
Born in 1982 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Rigdol and his family were granted political asylum in the USA in 2002. Rigdol has extensively studied Tibetan sand painting, butter sculpture and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal. In 2003 he earned a diploma in traditional Tibetan thangka painting and in 2005 he was awarded a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, USA. Rigdol is also an accomplished poet, having published three collections of poetry, “R”–the Frozen Ink (2008), Anatomy of Nights (20011) and Butterfly’s Wings (2011), printed by Tibet Writers. 
He has been widely exhibited internationally and his artworks are included in public and private collections around the world. In 2011 his widely reported Our Land, Our People involved the covert transportation of 20 tonnes of soil out of Tibet, through Nepal, to Dharamsala. There, displaced Tibetans were given the opportunity to walk on their home soil once again. The journey to smuggle the soil across across three borders is documented in Bringing Tibet Home, a documentary directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, that was awarded the Young European Jury Award (Prix du Jury de Junes Européens) at the 27th edition of FIPA (Interantional Festival of Audiovisual Programmes. In 2014, Rigdol became one of only two contemporary Tibetan artists to be included in the exhibition Tibet and India: New Beginnings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His work Pin Drop Silence: Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara was also the first work by a contemporary Tibetan artist to be acquired by the Met. 

A young artist sets out on a mission to bring Tibet home to its people through an art project that involves smuggling 20,000 kilos of native Tibetan soil across the Himalayas from Tibet into India, crossing the borders of three countries.
By virtue of his small mission, he forever touches the hearts of many Tibetans living in exile who are unable to return home.
This is a documentary film that tells the story of artist Tenzing Rigdol, as he sets out on this great mission to bring Tibet closer to Tibetan exiles through an unprecedented project – a site-specific art installation titled “Our Land, Our People."

Tenzing Rigdol

Tulku Jamyang

Tulku Jamyang

Tulku Jamyang was taught traditional Tibetan  calligraphy while living in a  Buddhist   monastery as a monk. 

Tulku Jamyang

  • Tülku Jamyang (born 1977 in Kathmandu) was recognized as the reincarnation of a spiritual teacher at two years of age. He studied Buddhist philosophy in southern India. He is known for his songs and poems in Nepali. He is a contemporary Tibetan artist residing  in his home country of Nepal. Since childhood, he  was trained in  traditional Tibetan art from his father Ugen Dorjee, a  renowned thangka painter. TJ was also taught traditional Tibetan  calligraphy while living in a Buddhist monastery as a monk. 

Tülku Jamyang (born 1977 in Kathmandu) was recognized as the reincarnation of a spiritual teacher at two years of age. He studied Buddhist philosophy in southern India and has traveled and taught extensively throughout China, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Canada, Japan, and the United States. He is known for his songs and poems in Nepali, and he is the author of No Time for Complex Buddhism. The son of a famous thangka painter and the brother of contemporary artist Tsherin Sherpa, Jamyang began working in visual arts only in the last few years. He is a contemporary Tibetan artist residing in his home country of Nepal. He uses the unique medium of incense and rice paper to create Tibetan themed art. Since childhood, TJ was trained in traditional Tibetan art from his father Ugen Dorjee, a renowned thangka painter. TJ was also taught traditional Tibetan calligraphy while living in a Buddhist monastery as a monk. Recognized as a reincarnated Tulku (Tibetan Buddhist master), TJ has unique life experiences of intensive monastic Buddhist training and international travels as a Buddhist teacher. His dedication to spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism is clearly expressed in all of his work. His art is influenced by his brother Tsering Sherpa, a fellow contemporary Tibetan artist. He finds further artistic inspiration from the works of Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, and Gerhard Richter.

Tulku Jamyang

Cosmic Flourishing Mandala  
Raw Pigments on rice paper 0,50cmx0,50cm

Cosmic Flourishing Mandala
Tulku Jamyang’s (Tj) own Flourishing Mandala out of intricate arrangements of flowers and plant parts, so fresh and so colorful, transmitting emotions of appreciation and happiness for life. A flower Mandala of an harmonious world in the vast eternity of the Cosmos. The Artist uses the lotus blossom as an integral part of his artwork and he forms the circles of life with flowers, celebrating in this way the divine perfection as well as the landscape of the mind. The Mandala formed in a circle would symbolize the notion that life is never ending. Tulku uses here again, his unique medium of incense and rice paper, to create this Tibetan themed Art. 
Since the dawn of humanity, Mandalas help human beings to know where they are, and to move about safely on the face of the earth. Art, Architecture, Religion, and Philosophy make use of circles to express insights about the nature of reality and the relationship between Eternity and humankind. Everything the Power of the World does, is done in a circle. Thus the Artist in his magnificent own way, will draw in circles. Because sky is round, the earth is round, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. 
The Sanskrit texts around the frame transfuse spiritual grounding on this painting symbolizing the universal beauty. The Artist handles with care the rice paper surface where he depicts his image. He makes little holes on the rice paper using a burning Tibetan incense stick and then he places it on a black surface, thus making the holes visible. An Artwork which becomes a real sacred diagram at the hands of the Artist. 
Each colour used by the Artist has its own special significance. He chooses blue turquoise from his pallet the sophisticated color associated with energy, wisdom, serenity, emotional balance and intuition. He uses yellow ochre pigment; The color of the sun emerging on the eastern horizon, when the first light of dawn begins to show itself, is exactly ochre. The flowers of pink nuance represent caring, compassion and love. The golden motives 
A piece of Art which would remind the viewers the images of Henry Rousseau, celebrating the “naïve” primitive Art, suggesting a child like innocence heart, imprinted on a flourishing Mandala. A great attempt of the Artist Tulku Jamvang (TJ) to create an Artwork which travels viewers to the flourishing gardens of the soul while their mind and spirit wander and flourish in an harmonious world in the vast eternity of the Cosmos. 
Art Critic Leela Skitsa

Sonam Dolma Brawn

Sonam Dolma Brawn

Sonam Dolma Brawn - Acrylics on canvas 0,66cmx0,88cm

Sonam Dolma Brawn

News and upcoming events


Tashi Norbu’s Sacred Mantras Recitation accompanied by his Team and European Classical Musicians every Sunday all over the year.

Every Sunday at 14.00 hours, Tashi Norbu and a Team of Tibetans, recite sacred Tibetan Buddhist Mantras. They are accompanied by European Classical Musicians, Percussionists and Improvisators.  


Tibetan Festivals 

Projects are under planning for Spring and Summer at the Emmen Rensen Park. Buddhist Tibetan Lectures, Tibetan Physicians, Tibetan Astrologers, Tibetan Traditional Thangha Painters, Tibetan Traditional Musicians would be presented.


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Live painting perforamance of Tashi Norbu accompanied by Musicians 

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 19.00 hours, live painting of Tashi Norbu, accompanied by Tibetan Buddhism Rituals. 
Tibet Festival has been programmed for April 2018 at the Emmen Park, Buddhist lectures, Tibetan Holistic Medicine, Traditional Thangha paintings, Tibetan Traditional Musicians, will be represented.

Tibetaanse avond

Except of the current exhibition referred to His Holiness Dalai Lama of Tibet Three Main Commitments in life -the promotion of human values, the promotion of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture and natural environment, The Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art is also currently hosting His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet Postage Stamp, which has been issued in The Netherlands.


Postage stamp

At the occasion of the Birthday of His Holiness, July 6th, 2017, this special stamp was published in two versions: One for Inland postage and one for International postage. It is approved by the Office of His Holiness Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, and personally signed By H.H., on the stamp design.
This stamp is now the only postal valid stamp in the Western world. 

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Shop at the Museum

Tibetan objects, malas and strings, incenses, rings, Tibetan motives and flags, T-shirts from Tibet and you can pick up prints of the Artist’s Tashi Norbu best Artworks.  


“Artist’s Tashi Norbu Ideogram”  

acrlylic on canvas

The Artist’s gestural strokes create his personal figurative idiom, transforming in his hands, the Buddha’s speech into ideogram. This ideogram would eventually become Artist’s “monogram” at his Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art! Sanskrit words next to the Buddha, speak of peace, love and compassion.


Make a Tibetan Tattoo 

A studio of drawing specific tattoos at the Museum, such as calligraphy of the concerned person’s name, or could also be the art of drawings texts on the body, derived from spiritual scriptures of the sacred Tibetan Buddhism.  

Tibetan Tatoo
Tibetan Tatoo
Tibetan Tatoo

WORKSHOPS and Tutorials

Basics of Tibetan painting and Sculpture techniques.
Under the guidance of Tashi Norbu
Please email to us for your enrollment or any questions

Dedicated on how to paint a Buddha and a Mandala, technique based on the Traditional and Contemporary Tibetan Art.
VENUE: Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art
Paviljoen Hoofdstraat 16, 7811 AE Emmen, The Netherlands

Not everyone can afford to buy Tashi Norbu’s paintings. However participating in his workshops it is guaranteed that you will go back home with your own painting made under Tashi’s instructions.

There is a donation fee for each (5 hours duration) workshop, towards the support of the Museum of Tibetan Contemporary Art in Emmen, for the Purpose of preserving and expanding the Tibetan Art worldwide. (fee includes canvas, painting materials, coffee/tea, delicacy offerings) 


Sunday 5th August 2018 from 11:00 to 17:00 hrs by Tashi Norbu.

Tibetan Contemporary Art Workshop”
at the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art in Emmen.

How to create a Painting of a Buddha according to the principles of ancient Tibetan iconometry. A great opportunity to create your own Artwork to decorate your home, according to your preferred colors and the interior design of your space. The Painting of a Buddha will be combined by the Tibetan traditional method and the modern free style, giving a unique beauty to a Contemporary Tibetan Art piece that you will create with us. Join us for such an experience; for a one day Workshop. Hereunder is the information about it.
Materialen (verf, kwasten, doek), koffie/thee en iets lekkers zijn inclusief. Je deelname wordt berekend op basis van het formaat doek dat je kiest. Je kunt kiezen uit verschillende formaten doek:

0,50 x 0,50 cm :75 euros
0,70 x 100 cm: 125 euro
100 x 140 cm: 175 euro
1,20 x 140cm: 380 euro.

The above prices include all materials used. (canvas, colours, pencils etc) coffee/tea tibetan delicacies will be offered for free. After choosing the canvas size, please register and pay a deposit of 30% of the canvas chosen as mentioned above with the indication workshop of 5th August or 28th July . Soon as you register i shall prepare the canvas and the materials needed.

“Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art “
ABN AMRO bank account number 464967112
IBAN NL56ABNA0464967112

You could also become our membership by paying through this link and have workshop options.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Residency

Aims to provide emerging Tibetan artists, Tibetan Art Historians, Theorists Curators and Critics the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of Tibetan Contemporary Art through their engagement with the permanent collection of the museum and immerse themselves in creative activities of their choice.
Is committed to introduce the selected residents to local practicing artists, historians and curators in the spirit of cross-cultural exchange that will hone existing skills, promote individual relationships and explore new creative directions.  


Dialogue Gallery

This is a unique Gallery space, wherein Tibetan, International and Local Artists exhibit their Artworks. At the moment the exhibition includes artworks of The Tibetan Contemporary Artists Gonkar Gyatso, Tenzing Rigdol, Tulku Jamyang, Rabkar Wangchuk, Sonam Dolma, Tashi Wangchuk, Ngawang Jordan, Tenzin Ngawang, Tashi Wangchuk, Lharigtso , Tenzin Seldon, Tenzin Phuntsok.