Tibetan traditional art
Holstebro Kunstmuseum's collection of Tibetan traditional art is a gift from ceramicist Christian Poulsen. In the 1970s he made several study tours to Asia where he made acquaintance with Tibetan pictorial art, and he was thus among the first to introduce this art form in Denmark.
There are two traditional Tibetan art forms: the thangka and the block print. They are both so-called meditation images as well as being examples of the alien, but rich history of pictorial art of Tibet. In Tibet art, religion and life have always been inextricably woven together. So it is important to view thangkas and block prints as an expression of a religious act, a sort of meditation.
Since Buddhism was brought to Tibet in the 7th century, replacing the indigenous animistic faith, it has been fundamental to all aspects of Tibetan life. By means of meditation practising Buddhists strive to achieve the Buddha consciousness, a state of mind where you liberate the ego and see through the delusions of the outer, material world.