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 “TIBET EVENING”  in EMMEN 1 Maart 2019 19:00 u - 20:00 u

Mis dit bijzondere optreden van singer songwriter Tenzin Choegyal in het Museum van Hedendaagse Tibetaanse Kunst in het Rensenpark niet !

De wereldwijd bekende Tibetaanse singer songwriter Tenzin Choegyal komt naar Emmen en treedt op in het Museum van Hedendaagse Tibetaanse Kunst van Tashi Norbu in het Rensenpark.

Eerder deze maand trad hij nog op in de Carnegie Hall in New York tijdens het Tibet House Concert met o.a. Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson en Angelique Kidjo.

In Emmen wordt Tenzin Choegyal begeleid door de musici van de mantralounge Christy Von Beansprout percussie, Anne Satter gitaar, Xavier Boot piano en Azer Cirttan. Tashi Norbu zal tijdens het concert live-painten. Tenzin Choegyal en Tashi Norbu traden eerder samen op in Brisbane in Australië, in New York en in Amsterdam.

Tickets van 20 euro zijn te bestellen via
onder vermelding van: 1 maart concert en je e-mailadres.
Na betaling ontvang je een bevestiging per e-mail.
Tickets zijn ook te koop in het museum tijdens openingsuren. Woensdag tot en met zondag 11:00 - 17:00 uur.
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Ingang Rensenpark bij Sterrenkamp 7 schuin tegenover de Rabobank.

at The Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art
in Rensenpark Emmen, The Netherlands.

We have the privilege to present to our Audience, Fans and Tibet lovers the great Musical Director and Composer, the Activist and Cultural Ambassador Choegyal (Tibetan Musician). The Tibetan Nomad, the Refugee, the outstanding Vocalist whose voice seems to take flight and soar above the Himalayas, to find its way to the Homeland he has been denied, Tibet. Just as the Artist Tashi Norbu, Tenzin Choegyal expresses and preserves his Tibetan heritage and sheds light on the contemporary challenges of the West. He is combining Classical Western and Contemporary Music with Ancient, Tibetan Traditional Music.

Dutch musicians from Drenthe province and Amsterdam will accompany Choegyal, while Tashi Norbu contributes his own spectacular live painting drawing, being inspired by the Singer and the Music. Featured supporting musicians will include Christy Von Beansprout percussionist, Anne Satter Guitarist, Xavier Boot Pianist, Azer Cirttan Guitar.
video Tenzin Choegyal https://www.facebook.com/tibeteffect/videos/1673988299338973/
Please book your ticket. -20 Euros-. Your support will be highly appreciated.

Booking can be done by paying
Photography: Sonam Zoksang la

Biografie Tenzin Choegyal
Tenzin Choegyal stamt af van een Tibetaanse nomaden familie, gevlucht uit Tibet. Hij groeide net als Tashi Norbu op in Dharamsala in India waar de HH Dalai Lama woont. Hier begon Tenzin zijn muzikale talent te ontwikkelen, geinspireerd door de prachtige zang van zijn moeder en zijn vaders meesterschap op de bamboefluit, de lingbu.
Inmiddels woont Tenzin Choegyal in Australië en is hij een wereldwijd bekende Tibetaanse zanger, Hij voelt zich nog steeds sterk verbonden met de oorspronkelijke muziek van de nomadenvolken in de Himalaya en de Tibetaanse cultuur. Hij speelt graag samen met musici van allerlei achtergrond en cultuur. Zo combineert hij diverse stijlen westerse muziek met traditionele Tibetaanse muziek. Met Philip Glass werkte hij aan de muziek van de film ‘the Last Dalai Lama’. Met Laurie Anderson werkt hij nu aan het Tibetaanse Dodenboek’. Tenzin Choegyal bracht 7 albums uit.


Curent exhibitions and Events

Tashi Norbu together with the Aldermen of the Emmen City Hall, Mr. Robert Klein and Jisse Otter, creating the ribbon cutting ceremony on the Occasion of the opening of the Museum new space, which is now double to its previous size, 700 sq.m., in total.

Tashi Punchok

Tashi Norbu La the Executive and Artistic Director of the Museum is welcoming the Director of Tibet Musuem in Dharamsala/India, Tashi Punchok La, during a happening event at the Museum in Rensenpark, Emmen.

Tashi Norbu's exhibition of "Mandala series" -Winter 2019

"Mandala series"
Winter 2019 Rare depictions of "Mandala" by Tashi Norbu “enlightened” by the bright colours of the Tibetan clouds, Time Travellers and mythical beings of the Universe, representing through the hands of the Artist's the Cosmos, metaphysically and symbolically. This great exhibition is on sale at the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art .

Tashi Punchok
Tashi Punchok


On the occasion of the New Tibetan Year “Losar”, a ceremony was given by Tashi Norbu and Team for the Museum funs and followers celebrating the New Tibetan Year of the " Mother Earth Pig"
A ceremony was also given, about Artist’s Book

Artist’s Book launch/presentation. This is the first solo Tibetan Contemporary ArtBook distributed to all Tibetan Schools in India, through the Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration in Exile. 

Artist’s Book launch/presentation. This is the first solo Tibetan Contemporary ArtBook distributed to all Tibetan Schools in India, through the Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration in Exile. 

Tibetan Artists Exhibition

Gonkar Gyatso

My Identity Nos.1-4

Artwork of the Tibetan Painter Gonkar Gyatso, Title: My Identity Nos. 1-4
Medium: Photographs, Installation
61,5 x 78 x 3,4 cm dimensions of each
Museum/Collection: Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art, Emmen, The Netherlands - Gallery of Rossi and Rossi Ltd. London, England

Gonkar Gyatso

  • Gonkar Gyatso was born in Tibet in 1961 and graduated from the Central Institute of Nationalities in Beijing, after which he joined the Art Department at Tibet University from 1985-1992, and then migrated to India, and then England where he received a degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2000. 
    (The Tibet Journal, 2008) 

Gonkar Gyatso is one of the foremost Tibetan political artists working today. Known primarily for his works portraying the Buddha without a face, but often either blank or super-imposed with another image such as a the sickle from the Chinese flag, or multiple images from stickers of a central theme, and collected by the artist, has created a political and social self-portrait in My Identity. An installation comprised of actually four separate works, My Identity showcases the artist in four different guises as a Tibetan artist, from four different time periods of the artists’ life. The result is a showcase of different aspects of Gonkar Gyatso’s personal life, to present a small biography of himself, while at the same time making it possible to view the individual pieces as snapshots of other individual Tibetan artists who may be in similar circumstances. 
Descriptive Analysis
My Identity is in actuality a series of four self photographs, often shown as part of a single installation, that shows the artist costumed as a Tibetan artist from four different periods, painting four separate works to correspond with the four different periods of his professional career, and “is a re-enactment of a 1937 photo by C. Suydam Cutting, the first Westerner to enter the Tibetan capital, that portrays the Dalai Lama’s senior thangka painter at work”. 
The first photograph shows Gyatso dressed in a traditional Tibetan robe, painting a Buddha, as a traditional Tibetan artist would work. The second photograph shows Gyatso dressed in a Chinese communist uniform from the Cultural Revolutionary period surrounded by walls covered with newspapers, painting a picture of Mao. The third photograph shows Gyatso dressed as a modern Tibetan refugee artist painting another Buddhist oriented painting, but taking place in the Dalai Lama residence. The last photograph shows Gyatso as a refugee artist in London painting an abstract work, showing him as he is and works today. 
The work is at once colorful and simple, drawing ones attention to the piece through its vibrant use of color and realistic settings. But it is upon closer observation it becomes apparent that the artist is using the simple first impression to convey a stronger political and social message of the life of a Tibetan artist living under Chinese rule, and the identity crisis that such a condition can force upon an individual over the course of a lifetime. From the utilization of a beginning artist attempting to live and paint as a Tibetan, through the forced assimilation into a Chinese culture that is at once pervasive and limited, to attempting to find ones identity as a Tibetan in exile in different locales and with different social groups, the work is a subtle look at not only Gonkar Gyatso’s life, but the life of many Tibetans and artists who live under Chinese domination watching their culture be absorbed or nullified. 

Tenzing Rigdol

Tenzing Rigdol

Medium: Photographs installation. Painting on a glass surface. 

Tenzing Rigdol

  • Rigdol was born in 1982 in Kathmandu, Nepal and was granted political asylum in the USA in 2002. Rigdol studied Tibetan sand painting, butter sculpture and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal. He earned a diploma in traditional Tibetan thangka painting and was awarded a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, USA. Rigdol is also a poet.

Tenzing Rigdol is a contemporary Tibetan artist whose work ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing and collage, to digital, video-installation, performance art and site specific pieces. His paintings are the products of collective influences and interpretations of age-old traditions; they are influenced by philosophy; often capture the ongoing issues of human conflicts; and have strong political undertones – for him, politics is an unavoidable element in his art. Indeed in recent years Rigdol has become a focus for young Tibetan diaspora precisely because of the political nature of his art. 
Born in 1982 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Rigdol and his family were granted political asylum in the USA in 2002. Rigdol has extensively studied Tibetan sand painting, butter sculpture and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal. In 2003 he earned a diploma in traditional Tibetan thangka painting and in 2005 he was awarded a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, USA. Rigdol is also an accomplished poet, having published three collections of poetry, “R”–the Frozen Ink (2008), Anatomy of Nights (20011) and Butterfly’s Wings (2011), printed by Tibet Writers. 
He has been widely exhibited internationally and his artworks are included in public and private collections around the world. In 2011 his widely reported Our Land, Our People involved the covert transportation of 20 tonnes of soil out of Tibet, through Nepal, to Dharamsala. There, displaced Tibetans were given the opportunity to walk on their home soil once again. The journey to smuggle the soil across across three borders is documented in Bringing Tibet Home, a documentary directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, that was awarded the Young European Jury Award (Prix du Jury de Junes Européens) at the 27th edition of FIPA (Interantional Festival of Audiovisual Programmes. In 2014, Rigdol became one of only two contemporary Tibetan artists to be included in the exhibition Tibet and India: New Beginnings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His work Pin Drop Silence: Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara was also the first work by a contemporary Tibetan artist to be acquired by the Met. 

A young artist sets out on a mission to bring Tibet home to its people through an art project that involves smuggling 20,000 kilos of native Tibetan soil across the Himalayas from Tibet into India, crossing the borders of three countries.
By virtue of his small mission, he forever touches the hearts of many Tibetans living in exile who are unable to return home.
This is a documentary film that tells the story of artist Tenzing Rigdol, as he sets out on this great mission to bring Tibet closer to Tibetan exiles through an unprecedented project – a site-specific art installation titled “Our Land, Our People."

Tenzing Rigdol

Tulku Jamyang

Tulku Jamyang

Tulku Jamyang was taught traditional Tibetan  calligraphy while living in a  Buddhist   monastery as a monk. 

Tulku Jamyang

  • Tülku Jamyang (born 1977 in Kathmandu) was recognized as the reincarnation of a spiritual teacher at two years of age. He studied Buddhist philosophy in southern India. He is known for his songs and poems in Nepali. He is a contemporary Tibetan artist residing  in his home country of Nepal. Since childhood, he  was trained in  traditional Tibetan art from his father Ugen Dorjee, a  renowned thangka painter. TJ was also taught traditional Tibetan  calligraphy while living in a Buddhist monastery as a monk. 

Tülku Jamyang (born 1977 in Kathmandu) was recognized as the reincarnation of a spiritual teacher at two years of age. He studied Buddhist philosophy in southern India and has traveled and taught extensively throughout China, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Canada, Japan, and the United States. He is known for his songs and poems in Nepali, and he is the author of No Time for Complex Buddhism. The son of a famous thangka painter and the brother of contemporary artist Tsherin Sherpa, Jamyang began working in visual arts only in the last few years. He is a contemporary Tibetan artist residing in his home country of Nepal. He uses the unique medium of incense and rice paper to create Tibetan themed art. Since childhood, TJ was trained in traditional Tibetan art from his father Ugen Dorjee, a renowned thangka painter. TJ was also taught traditional Tibetan calligraphy while living in a Buddhist monastery as a monk. Recognized as a reincarnated Tulku (Tibetan Buddhist master), TJ has unique life experiences of intensive monastic Buddhist training and international travels as a Buddhist teacher. His dedication to spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism is clearly expressed in all of his work. His art is influenced by his brother Tsering Sherpa, a fellow contemporary Tibetan artist. He finds further artistic inspiration from the works of Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, and Gerhard Richter.

Tulku Jamyang

Cosmic Flourishing Mandala  
Raw Pigments on rice paper 0,50cmx0,50cm

Cosmic Flourishing Mandala
Tulku Jamyang’s (Tj) own Flourishing Mandala out of intricate arrangements of flowers and plant parts, so fresh and so colorful, transmitting emotions of appreciation and happiness for life. A flower Mandala of an harmonious world in the vast eternity of the Cosmos. The Artist uses the lotus blossom as an integral part of his artwork and he forms the circles of life with flowers, celebrating in this way the divine perfection as well as the landscape of the mind. The Mandala formed in a circle would symbolize the notion that life is never ending. Tulku uses here again, his unique medium of incense and rice paper, to create this Tibetan themed Art. 
Since the dawn of humanity, Mandalas help human beings to know where they are, and to move about safely on the face of the earth. Art, Architecture, Religion, and Philosophy make use of circles to express insights about the nature of reality and the relationship between Eternity and humankind. Everything the Power of the World does, is done in a circle. Thus the Artist in his magnificent own way, will draw in circles. Because sky is round, the earth is round, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. 
The Sanskrit texts around the frame transfuse spiritual grounding on this painting symbolizing the universal beauty. The Artist handles with care the rice paper surface where he depicts his image. He makes little holes on the rice paper using a burning Tibetan incense stick and then he places it on a black surface, thus making the holes visible. An Artwork which becomes a real sacred diagram at the hands of the Artist. 
Each colour used by the Artist has its own special significance. He chooses blue turquoise from his pallet the sophisticated color associated with energy, wisdom, serenity, emotional balance and intuition. He uses yellow ochre pigment; The color of the sun emerging on the eastern horizon, when the first light of dawn begins to show itself, is exactly ochre. The flowers of pink nuance represent caring, compassion and love. The golden motives 
A piece of Art which would remind the viewers the images of Henry Rousseau, celebrating the “naïve” primitive Art, suggesting a child like innocence heart, imprinted on a flourishing Mandala. A great attempt of the Artist Tulku Jamvang (TJ) to create an Artwork which travels viewers to the flourishing gardens of the soul while their mind and spirit wander and flourish in an harmonious world in the vast eternity of the Cosmos. 
Art Critic Leela Skitsa

Sonam Dolma Brawn

Sonam Dolma Brawn

Sonam Dolma Brawn - Acrylics on canvas 0,66cmx0,88cm

Sonam Dolma Brawn

News and upcoming events


Tashi Norbu’s Sacred Mantras Recitation accompanied by his Team and European Classical Musicians every Sunday all over the year.

Every Sunday at 14.00 hours, Tashi Norbu and a Team of Tibetans, recite sacred Tibetan Buddhist Mantras. They are accompanied by European Classical Musicians, Percussionists and Improvisators.  

Tibetan Festivals 

Projects are under planning for Spring and Summer at the Emmen Rensen Park. Buddhist Tibetan Lectures, Tibetan Physicians, Tibetan Astrologers, Tibetan Traditional Thangha Painters, Tibetan Traditional Musicians would be presented.


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Live painting perforamance of Tashi Norbu accompanied by Musicians 

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 19.00 hours, live painting of Tashi Norbu, accompanied by Tibetan Buddhism Rituals. 
Tibet Festival has been programmed for April 2018 at the Emmen Park, Buddhist lectures, Tibetan Holistic Medicine, Traditional Thangha paintings, Tibetan Traditional Musicians, will be represented.

Tibetaanse avond

Shop at the Museum

Tibetan objects, malas and strings, incenses, rings, Tibetan motives and flags, T-shirts from Tibet and you can pick up prints of the Artist’s Tashi Norbu best Artworks.  


“Artist’s Tashi Norbu Ideogram”  

acrlylic on canvas

The Artist’s gestural strokes create his personal figurative idiom, transforming in his hands, the Buddha’s speech into ideogram. This ideogram would eventually become Artist’s “monogram” at his Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art! Sanskrit words next to the Buddha, speak of peace, love and compassion.


Make a Tibetan Tattoo 

A studio of drawing specific tattoos at the Museum, such as calligraphy of the concerned person’s name, or could also be the art of drawings texts on the body, derived from spiritual scriptures of the sacred Tibetan Buddhism.  

Tibetan Tatoo
Tibetan Tatoo
Tibetan Tatoo

WORKSHOPS and Tutorials

Basics of Tibetan painting and Sculpture techniques.
Under the guidance of Tashi Norbu
Please email to us for your enrollment or any questions

Dedicated on how to paint a Buddha and a Mandala, technique based on the Traditional and Contemporary Tibetan Art.
VENUE: Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art
Paviljoen Hoofdstraat 16, 7811 AE Emmen, The Netherlands

Not everyone can afford to buy Tashi Norbu’s paintings. However participating in his workshops it is guaranteed that you will go back home with your own painting made under Tashi’s instructions.

There is a donation fee for each (5 hours duration) workshop, towards the support of the Museum of Tibetan Contemporary Art in Emmen, for the Purpose of preserving and expanding the Tibetan Art worldwide. (fee includes canvas, painting materials, coffee/tea, delicacy offerings) 


Spring 2019. Dates are going to be announced

Tibetan Contemporary Art Workshop”
at the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art in Emmen.

How to create a Painting of a Buddha according to the principles of ancient Tibetan iconometry. A great opportunity to create your own Artwork to decorate your home, according to your preferred colors and the interior design of your space. The Painting of a Buddha will be combined by the Tibetan traditional method and the modern free style, giving a unique beauty to a Contemporary Tibetan Art piece that you will create with us. Join us for such an experience; for a one day Workshop. Hereunder is the information about it.
Materialen (verf, kwasten, doek), koffie/thee en iets lekkers zijn inclusief. Je deelname wordt berekend op basis van het formaat doek dat je kiest. Je kunt kiezen uit verschillende formaten doek:

0,50 x 0,50 cm :75 euros
0,70 x 100 cm: 125 euro
100 x 140 cm: 175 euro
1,20 x 140cm: 380 euro.

The above prices include all materials used. (canvas, colours, pencils etc) coffee/tea tibetan delicacies will be offered for free. After choosing the canvas size, please register and pay a deposit of 30% of the canvas chosen as mentioned above with the indication workshop of 5th August or 28th July . Soon as you register i shall prepare the canvas and the materials needed.

“Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art “
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You could also become our membership by paying through this link and have workshop options.


Last Update : Thursday December 27th 2018 1:04:24 - By: MOCTA

The Museum of Contemporary Art Residency

Aims to provide emerging Tibetan artists, Tibetan Art Historians, Theorists Curators and Critics the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of Tibetan Contemporary Art through their engagement with the permanent collection of the museum and immerse themselves in creative activities of their choice.
Is committed to introduce the selected residents to local practicing artists, historians and curators in the spirit of cross-cultural exchange that will hone existing skills, promote individual relationships and explore new creative directions.  


Dialogue Gallery

This is a unique Gallery space, wherein Tibetan, International and Local Artists exhibit their Artworks. At the moment the exhibition includes artworks of The Tibetan Contemporary Artists Gonkar Gyatso, Tenzing Rigdol, Tulku Jamyang, Rabkar Wangchuk, Sonam Dolma, Tashi Wangchuk, Ngawang Jordan, Tenzin Ngawang, Tashi Wangchuk, Lharigtso , Tenzin Seldon, Tenzin Phuntsok.