Preserving a Legacy

Four Generations of Nepali Artists & The Institute of Conservation in Patan, Nepal

Photo exhibition by the Dirghaman and Ganeshman Chitrakar Art Foundation & the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Supported by the Embassy of Nepal, Vienna and the Nepal Tourism Board
Preview of the Documentary Tempelretter von Kathmandu 2009-2019 by Gundi Lamprecht

The exhibition Preserving a Legacy tells two stories: first, the story of the legacy of four generations of the Chitrakar family as artists and documentarians and second, the story of preserving the cultural legacy in Nepal through a decade long conservation work and scientific research carried out by the Institute of Conservation, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

‘Chitrakars’ - meaning ‘painters’ - have a long history of working in this traditional medium. They learned their painting skills under the tutelage of their fathers but with the advent of photography in Nepal, many Chitrakars began to incorporate this means of expression into their repertoire. The paintings and photographs showcased in this exhibition capture Nepal’s political history, culture and heritage, daily life and court lifestyle and the transformation of sites. The images give us a glimpse of the past and present in Nepal and how generations have lived.
Subsequent to the agreement between the governments of Austria and Nepal, the Institute of Conservation under the leadership of Gabriela Krist has contributed to the preservation of the cultural heritage at the Patan Durbar Square and Royal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, since 2010. With financial support of the ADA, the BMEIA, the BKA, the EPU and the University, a wide range of cultural heritage have been treated in close collaboration with the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust and local craftsmen. The safeguarding and conservation of damaged monuments after the earthquake in 2015 is still ongoing and constitute a major undertaking by the Institute.

Historical photographs such as those of the Chitrakar family build an important basis for these efforts and leave us a rich visual legacy as a source of information for preservation, conservation and research.
Preserving a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepali Artists
Curator: Cristeena Chitrakar
Photographers: Dirgha Man Chitrakar, Ganesh Man Chitrakar, Kiran Man Chitrakar, Swaraj Man Chitrakar
Preserving a Legacy: The Institute of Conservation in Patan, Nepal
Curators: Gabriela Krist, Martina Haselberger, Thomas Schrom
Photographers: Institute of Conservation (staff and students)
Exhibition Design: Georg Schrom, Nikolay Hristov Ivanov, Manfred Trummer
University Gallery/Exhibition Management: Christian Schneider, Benedikt Fritz
Exhibition Coordinator: Thomas Schrom

Exhibition Period: 22.03.-12.04.2019 (Wednesday to Saturday, 2 – 6 p.m.)

Visit the Exhibition Nepal Art Now in the Weltmuseum Wien!
Duration: 11.04.-06.11.2019
Venue: Weltmuseum Wien, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna

More information here.

The exhibition will be closed on April 11, 2019.
The Institute of Conservation, Dirghaman & Ganeshman Chitrakar Art Foundation, c, 1900-1930s


21. March 2019 - 18:00
22. March 2019 - 12. April 2019
Universitätsgalerie Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Grashofgasse 3 oder Schönlaterngasse 5, Sala terrena, 1010 Wien
Book Launch: Beyond Borders
11. April 2019
Awarding Ceremony “UNESCO Chair on Conservation and Preservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage
11. April 2019 - 17:30
11. April 2019 - 06. November 2019
Weltmuseum Wien, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
05. April 2019 - 16:30