"Hero, Villain, Yeti" Exhibition

Rubin Museum of Art

poster for "Hero, Villain, Yeti" Exhibition

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Characters as diverse as Mickey Mouse, the historical Buddha, Tomb Raider Lara Croft, and the Green Lama have something in common: Tibet. For more than 60 years Tibet has figured in comic books from around the world, at times creating and at times perpetuating notions of a an otherworldly land roamed by the Yeti, inhabited by wise and powerful lamas, or full of dark magic.
Hero, Villain, Yeti features the most complete collection of comics related to Tibet ever assembled, with examples ranging from the 1940s to the present. More than 50 comic books from the United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Japan, India and Tibet reflect on the depiction of Tibet as a whole, tracing prevailing perceptions' and stereotypes' historical roots, and their visual and narrative evolution over time.
Tibet-both real and imagined-appears across comic books genres, including fantasy comics about superheroes and villains, mythical creatures, and the search for mysterious lands, people, and objects; biographies of holy figures like the Dalai Lama and the Buddha; political comics; and educational comics.
Visitors are invited to read dozens of original comic books-a number of which have also been translated into English for the first time-at a reading station in the exhibition.



from December 09, 2011 to June 11, 2012

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