This cross-cultural exhibition features prints, oil paintings, bone ornaments, thangka paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and ritual items, and brings together over 30 objects spanning 12 centuries from the Rubin Museum’s collection alongside artworks on loan from private collections and major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgan Library and Museum, Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp, Wellcome Collection in London, Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, San Antonio Museum of Art, and more.
Death Is Not the End is part of the Rubin Museum’s yearlong exploration of impermanence, a fundamental principle in Buddhist philosophy.
Death Is Not the End invites contemplation on the universal human condition of impermanence and the desire to continue to exist after death. The exhibition explores notions of the afterlife through the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity.
Curated by Elena Pakhoutova
This exhibition is supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Lois and Bob Baylis, Robert Lehman Foundation, and Akhoury Foundation.