Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen

Through new scholarship and recently discovered paintings, the remarkable Situ Panchen (1700-1774) is brought into focus as an artist, teacher, and founder of the Palpung monastery. Thangkas designed and painted by Situ, sculptures of his chosen deity Tara, and Chinese works from the Freer’s collection reveal Situ’s genius, his enduring influence, and his engagement with Buddhist culture across Asia. Organized by the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, this exhibition is part of the Sackler Gallery’s “Asia in America” program that showcases the holdings of important American institutional collections of Asian art.