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.
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
Dirgha Man Chitrakar, Ganesh Man Chitrakar, Kiran Man Chitrakar, Swaraj Man ChitrakarPreserving a Legacy: The Institute
of Conservation in Patan, Nepal
Curators: Gabriela Krist, Martina Haselberger, Thomas Schrom
Institute of Conservation (staff and students)
Exhibition Design: Georg Schrom, Nikolay Hristov Ivanov, Manfred
University Gallery/Exhibition Management: Christian Schneider, Benedikt Fritz
Exhibition Coordinator: Thomas
Exhibition Period: 22.03.-12.04.2019 (Wednesday to Saturday, 2 – 6 p.m.)
Visit the Exhibition Nepal Art Now
in the Weltmuseum Wien!
Venue: Weltmuseum Wien, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna
More information here.https://www.weltmuseumwien.at/en/exhibitions/nepal-art-now/
The exhibition will be closed on April 11, 2019.