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‘Murals of Tibet’ is one of TASCHEN’s Most Ambitious Books to Date


‘Murals of Tibet’ is one of TASCHEN’s Most Ambitious Books to Date

On 2 April 2019, TASCHEN will be presenting Murals of Tibet at Straits Clan from 6 - 8pm. Murals of Tibet is not only one of their most ambitious to date, but also constitutes a landmark project that has been a decade in the making. The author and photographer Thomas Laird will introduce the project thoroughly and outline its importance in the study, appreciation, and conservation of Tibetan art and culture in an intimate 90-minute talk at Straits Clan, exclusively for members of The Straits Clan and The Artling. RSVP is mandatory, and you may confirm your attendance at

The Project

A World Heritage landmark, this SUMO-sized publication presents the most precious surviving murals of Tibetan Buddhist culture. For the first time, these astonishing and intricate masterpieces can be appreciated in blazing color and life-size resolution.

Signed by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Murals of Tibet is a revelation for scholars, aficionados of Tibet as well as for practitioners of Buddhism, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Limited to 998 copies worldwide, the book is presented on a bookstand designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and humanitarian pioneer Shigeru Ban. It is also now part of the Met’s permanent collection. 

Thomas Laird. Murals of Tibet

Thomas Laird. Murals of Tibet, Art Edition No. 41–80 ‘Green Tara, Gyantse Kumbum (ca. 1420)’. 
Images courtesy of TASCHEN. 

The Book 

Astonishing and intricate murals of Tibetan Buddhist culture can be appreciated in blazing color and life-size resolution for the first time. Murals of Tibet is the world’s first archive of these artworks, of walls as wide as 10 meters. This breathtaking publication assembles Laird’s portfolio in an extra-large format with six fold-outs, printed in five colors including gold. Featuring both complete murals and copious details, it immerses readers into these precious, extraordinary masterpieces.

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama has himself explained, these murals are not just objects of beauty, but serve as points of reference and guidance for practitioners of Buddhism, yoga, and meditation, as well as for anyone seeking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life. Binding contemporary photographic technology with ancient traditions, this book is at once a majestic art piece, a major milestone in the appreciation of Buddhism, a precious monument to Tibetan culture, and a vital source for the contemplative arts and sciences.

The Art Edition comes with a large-scale reproduction of a mural depicting Green Tara, limited to just 40 copies. Printed on plaster and hand-gilded with 23.75-karat gold, this piece evokes all the overpowering radiance of its centuries-old original. The result is a work of breathtaking beauty and truly immersive experience of the World Heritage landmarks.


Thomas Laird. Murals of Tibet. Collector's Edition

Thomas Laird. Murals of Tibet. Collector's Edition
Image courtesy of TASCHEN

The Author and Photographer 

Today, we only know of certain ancient Greek masterpieces through homages passed down to us by Roman artists. Some of these Tibetan murals, now gone, will only endure through this work. — Thomas C. Laird

American photographer and writer Thomas C. Laird has explored the art, culture, and history of the Himalayas since 1972. Based in Nepal for three decades, his reporting and photography have been published globally by TIME, Geo, Newsweek, Le Figaro, National Geographic, and many others. His nonfiction books include a history of Tibet written with the Dalai Lama, translated into 14 languages. From 2008, he has created the world’s first life-size images of enormous Tibetan wall murals. Fine art prints of these works have been the focus of several exhibitions and are held in both public and private collections. 

The Designer

Shigeru Ban (born in 1957) attended the Tokyo University of the Arts, SCI-Arc in California, and the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York. A member of the Voluntary Architects Network and winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2014, Ban’s innovative use of recycled materials has supported humanitarian efforts around the world. He is based in his native Tokyo and Paris.


The Event

Date: 2 April 2019
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: Straits Clan 
RSVP is mandatory. Please confirm your attendance at 


To view the Collector's Edition of Murals of Tibet on The Artling, click here
To view the Art Edition of Murals of Tibet on The Artling, click here 

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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