Portals to Shangri-La:
Masterpieces from Buddhist Mongolia
Feb 12 - Aug 6, 2006
Video about the Exhibition
This exhibition, Portals to Shangri-La: Masterpieces
From Buddhist Mongolia, marks the 800th anniversary
of Genghis Khan's founding of the United Mongolian
State. The exhibition focuses on Mongolia's image
as a portal to the mystical land of Shambala, the
source of James Hilton's concept of Shangri-La.
These works by Mongolian masters are considered to be
tunnels or portals to a higher reality.
was to have come from the Zanabazar Mongolia National
Fine Arts Museum. However, on January 13, 2006,
Mongolia's government collapsed, and this has prevented
any of the artwork from leaving the country. The
exhibition will now include works primarily from the
personal collection of Donald and Shelly Rubin, founders
of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Mr.
Rubin, who is an alumnus of Oglethorpe University, class
of 1956, immediately stepped in to help Oglethorpe
present an exhibition of Mongolian art. Glenn
Mullin, who organized both of these exhibitions, also
worked quickly to obtain works from various collectors
in the United States, as well as works from his own
personal collection, to be included in this exhibition.