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Montien Boonma
temple of the mind
23 July – 10 October 2004

Introduction | Essay | Education

Temple of the mind: sala for the mind 1995 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia Temple of the mind: sala for the mind 1995 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia more detail

Montien Boonma (1953–2000) was one of Asia's most distinguished contemporary artists. This retrospective — curated by Thailand's leading art historian, Apinan Poshyananda, for the Asia Society, New York — demonstrates the broad range of materials and techniques that the artist explored, including: large-scale sculptures in metal, wood and ceramic; pen, crayon and pencil drawings; and organic collages on paper. Montien Boonma’s contemplative installations draw on the spirit and senses of Thailand, combining overtly Buddhist imagery with industrial and ephemeral materials such as gold leaf, fragrant spices, earth and charcoal.

This exhibition was the inaugural presentation of The Buddhism Project, a New York City-wide exploration of the many and varied relationships of Buddhism and the arts in contemporary American culture, from 4 February – 11 May 2003.

Read An architecture of the senses Montien Boonma’s installation in context by Melissa Chiu.

Go to Montien Boonma: temple of the mind website

Montien Boonma: temple of the mind is organised by the Asia Society and Museum, New York.

Montien Boonma: temple of the mind is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., Blakemore Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts.