18 August 2012

Rubin Museum of Art

When I was in New York City recently in order to get my German visa, I have decided I would still do some sight-seeing. Not a lot, as I've seen quite a few sights of New York City already, but just a bit. I always bring my camera, so when I was walking through Chelsea one day, I stumbled upon this museum, the Rubin Museum of Art.

This museum specializes in Himalayan Art. Hence, when I visited, I saw a lot of tapestries depicting Buddha, statues, sculptures, scrolls, and so on. People who love Tibetan culture would particularly enjoy this museum.

The first couple of floors were exhibition spaces that allowed photography. Hence, I utilized my camera there. However, there were other places where photography wasn't allowed, unfortunately. I could only describe what I saw: a Tibetan prayer room, several scrolls of ancient manuscripts, and so on.

And at the top floor, they had exhibits on modern Indian art. Anyway, I have pictures, so enjoy them as you like.

These are just a few of the tapestries that I have seen. I specially like the lay-out of the pictures: there was a graph in the museum explaining what every area in the tapestries meant.

Here are a few statues of beings that are in an embrace. Somehow I find them pretty and intriguing to look at. Although if there really is an erotic component to this, I find that making out with a multi-armed being not particularly erotic.

These are some other statues. Overall, I liked my stay. It was quite educational, and their bookstore was well-stacked too. Unfortunately, I knew that I would be moving soon and I don't need to have extra luggage if I don't really need it right now. So I declined to purchase anything.


  1. Fascinating pieces and somehow the statues look quite graceful to me :)

    1. Charles,

      They are, to some degree. What I find interesting is the candor in these statues. They depict embraces that can be seen as erotic at times, and that is totally okay with these cultures. On the other hand, you see Western cultures being totally prudish, to the point that they even vandalized ancient Greek and Roman statues by removing exposed genitals for no valid reason whatsoever.