* Songtsam Linka Shangri-La Retreat
The Songtsam Tibetan Art Museum located at Songtsam Linka Retreat Shangri-La with an area of 2,847 square feet.
New York, United States – Songtsam hotels, resorts and tours, an award-winning luxury hotel chain in the Provinces of Tibet and Yunnan in China, recently announced the official opening in August of The Songtsam Tibetan Art Museum within the Songtsam Linka Shangri-La Retreat.
Mr. Baima Duoji, Founder and Chairman of Songtsam and a former Tibetan documentary filmmaker, is strongly committed to sharing the essence of Tibetan culture with the world, especially with guests who stay at Songtsam properties. Baima has dedicated her life to educating others about the inspiring and life-changing practices of Tibetan philosophy by experiencing local culture first-hand. Baima, passionate about art (and a collector himself) and the stories they tell, has decided to establish the Songtsam Tibetan Art Museum, which will include his personal collection of antiquities. The unique museum will be open to the public as well as Songtsam guests.
Songtsam Tibetan Art Museum: vision and commitment
Mr. Baima explained the vision of the Museum: “The vision of Songtsam Group was to hope that guests from afar could learn about this land through Songtsam. Songtsam Museum is also one of the ways for people to understand this land. Only when people are in close contact with this land that people can truly appreciate the power they nurture with their lives when they think of beauty and seek it out.”
The collection of the Songtsam Tibetan Art Museum
The Songtsam Tibetan Art Museum located at Songtsam Linka Retreat Shangri-La is 2,847 square feet in size and is divided into two sections. The first floor houses Baima’s private collections, all of which share a common theme of “craftsmanship and wisdom” The second floor houses the Thangka painting center. This floor of the museum features collections of Thangkas, also known as tangka or tanka. A thangka is a religious scroll painting with cultural significance to the Tibetan people. This treasure of Tibetan folk art mainly comprises Buddha statues mounted on colored satin. The beautiful colors of the thangka have evolved over more than 1,800 years, accumulating the history and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Guests will learn how Thangkas are revered as an encyclopedia of Tibetan culture and play an important role in meditation and worship. This exhibition also features statues, Tibetan furniture, Buddhist decorations and various smaller pieces, totaling around 380 precious pieces. The most significant collection includes exceptionally rare artifacts such as the 18th century Thangka of the Panchen Lama incarnation line: Go Lotsawa, Menri style and the 16th century statue of Buddha Shakyamuni.
Songtsam Museum Shangri-La will assume the responsibility of promoting the wisdom of the Buddha and the cultivation of the snowy land in its own way.