A small Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayan mountains, Bhutan is one of the few remaining regions that has managed to resist extensive modernity and damaging Westernization. By no means does cultural preservation and relative isolation translate to lack of progress, either; Bhutan pioneered the governmental consideration of happiness to maximize wellbeing amongst its people.
In keeping with this cultural emphasis on happiness, Bhutanese art is geared towards the pursuit of enlightenment. This artistic tradition remains a central point of influence for contemporary artists from the kingdom, showcased amongst the 25 paintings in Voice of the Thunder Dragon.
Curated by art collector and filmmaker Maxwell Joseph, the exhibition precedes Joseph’s documentary, Where the Wind Blows. The film, which will premiere in June 2017, traces Bhutan’s globalization through the examination of Bhutanese contemporary art.
Voice of the Thunder Dragon opened on February 11th and will run through February 28th at 263 Bowery.