Tenzing Rigdol

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Tenzing Rigdol
Rigdol speaks on Tibetan artists.jpg
Born (1982-01-16) January 16, 1982 (age 38)

Tenzing Rigdol (born 16 January 1982 in Kathmandu, Nepal) is a contemporary Tibetan artist and activist.


Tenzing Rigdol was born 16 January 1982 in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is best known for his installation in Dharamshala which consists of 20,000 kg of Tibetan soil from Shigatse.[1] He is chiefly known for his contemporary pieces although he is also trained in the ancient art of thangka.[2] .[3] Ringdol is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media. He holds a master's degree in philosophy and lives in the United States.

In 2010, with the Chinese artist Zhang Hongtu, he created an art work representing Liu Xiaobo that was shown December 10 with the participation of Richard Gere for the release of Nobel Prize of peace.[4]

Rigdol is featured in the documentary film Bringing Tibet Home , released in October 2013 at the International Film Festival in Busan in South Korea, which won the award of Jury des jeunes Européens at the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels in January 2014.[5][6][7]

Rigdol is also the author of three collections of poems.[8]


Work of Rigdol is exhibited worldwide, An (incomplete) list of other exhibitions is as follows:

In May 2006, he participated in the exhibition The Missing Peace at Fowler Museum at UCLA Los Angeles[9] and in September the same year in the exhibition Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art at CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder in the United States.[10]

In 2007 he exhibited at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.[11]

From 11 February to 27 March 2009, his work was exhibited by Rossi & Rossi gallery in London[12] and in 2010 in Hong Kong.[13]

In 2010, he participated in the exhibition "The Scorching Sun of Tibet" in Songzhuang art colony in Beijing, China.[14]

From June to October 2010, he participated in the exhibition "Tradition transformed", the first contemporary art exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.[15][16]

In 2012, he participated in the exhibition Face to Face at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel.[17]

In January and February 2014, his work was exhibited at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum located in the University of Vermont in the United States.[18][19]

In February–June 2014, he was one of two contemporary artists from Tibet and India in the New Beginnings exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.[20]


  • 2009 : Tenzing Rigdol: Experiment with Forms, Rossi & Rossi, ISBN 1906576076

Collections of poems[edit]

  • 2008 : R–The Frozen Ink, Paljor Publications, ISBN 819041741X
  • 2011 : Anatomy of Nights, Tibet Writes
  • 2011 : Butterfly’s Wings, Tibet Writes


  1. ^ Jolly, Joanna (October 28, 2011). "India: Tibetan exiles walk on 'home soil' in Dharamsala". BBC News. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Experiment with Forms: Tenzing Rigdol". Absolute Arts. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Gleadell, Colin (October 30, 2007). "Sotheby's locks horns with Christie's". The Telegraph. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Alexandra DiPalma, Richard Gere pleads for Nobel winner release, CNN, 10 décembre 2010
  5. ^ (in French) Samuel Gontier, Fipa 2014 : mon rapport secret d’infiltré chez les jurés, 27 january 2014
  6. ^ (in French) Palmarès du 27e Festival international de programmes audiovisuels, Le Parisien, 25 january 2014
  7. ^ 'Bringing Tibet Home' wins French award, Phayul.com, 27 january 2014
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Stacey Abarbanel, UCLA Fowler Museum to Premiere the Traveling Exhibition 'The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama’, May 01, 2006
  10. ^ Fall 2006 Archived 2014-02-24 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Season in the Sun, New York - Volume 40, Numéros 24 à 30 p. 41
  12. ^ Art AsiaPacific Almanac - Volume 4, ArtAsiaPacific, 2009, p. 53 "Tenzing Rigdol Experiment with forms 11 February to 27 March Rossi & Rossi"
  13. ^ Jaishri Abichandani & Tenzing Rigdol in Hong Kong
  14. ^ Tsering Woeser, « Tibet » est un signe gravé sur notre front et notre âme, 5 nov 2011
  15. ^ Louise Chen, "Tradition Transformed": A Conversation About Tibetan Contemporary Art Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine, Artinfo.com, 27 juil. 2010
  16. ^ Clare Harris, In and Out of Place: Tibetan Artists' Travels in the Contemporary Art World, in Asia Through Art and Anthropology: Cultural Translation Across Borders, édité par Fuyubi Nakamura, Morgan Perkins et Olivier Krischer, A&C Black, 2013, ISBN 0857854704, p. 40
  17. ^ Angela Levine, Face to Face at Tel Aviv Museum, MidnightEast, 4 March 2012
  18. ^ Spring Exhibitions Feature Vogel Collection, Tibetan Art, 21 Jan 2014
  19. ^ Alana Smith, Fleming unveils two new exhibits Archived 2014-02-15 at Archive.today, Vermont Cynic, 11 Feb 2014
  20. ^ http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2014/tibet-and-india-buddhist-traditions

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