The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama

"Paranivana" (giant inflatable sculpture)

Friday evening I attended an opening reception for “The Missing Peace” exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art.  San Antonio is the final stop on a five-year tour for the exhibit, which will be at the museum until July 31. 

Over 80 artists from different countries gave their perspectives on the Dalai Lama and his endeavors.  The exhibit is organized thematically into ten sections: interpreted portraits of the Dalai Lama, Tibet, belief systems, empathy and compassion, transformation, humanity in transition, the path to peace, unity, spirituality and globalization, and impermanence.

Sculpture made from recycled phone books

I found the exhibit to be beautiful to look at and also inspiring and interesting.  A variety of media were used including painting, tapestry, video, sculpture and photography.   My husband and I took a visiting 13-year-old niece to the reception and she also enjoyed the exhibit and the chocolate-covered strawberries we were served. 

After leaving the reception we checked on the illuminated fish  under the I-35 bridge a few blocks from the museum. 

Winning high school student entry


Illuminated fish in front of museum building


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