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Sonam Dolma Brauen, My Father’s Death

Personal biographies, political histories, and Tibetan Buddhist beliefs and practices inform Sonam Dolma Brauen’s sculpture My Father’s Death (2010). Born in 1953 in Tibet, Sonam and her family fled their homeland when she was a child.  Assembled with robes donated by Tibetan monks and tsa tsas, molded objects used as votive offerings, My Father’s Death commemorates Sonam’s own father, Tsering Dhondup, who died a few years after the family came to India as refugees.

Sonam's, My Father's Death

The exhibition pairs Sonam’s work with Buddhist sculptures from Nepal and Tibet, offering visitors the opportunity to contemplate how concepts of consecration, relics, and commemoration are explored in Buddhist art and ritual practices across time. 

Organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This exhibition is generously supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., Evelyn Craft Belger and Richard Belger, and the Fondation Foyer.

Image Caption:
Sonam Dolma Brauen (Swiss, born in Tibet, 1953). My Father’s Death, 2010 (details). Cloth and plaster, 49 cast-off monk’s robes, 2 vests, and 9 molded plaster tsa tsa, dimensions variable. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of Sonam Dolma and Martin Brauen in honor of Leesa Fanning, 2020.19.1-60.Image: Martin Brauen, Bern, Switzerland. 


Ritual and Remembrance: An An Artist Talk with Sonam Dolma Brauen

  • Sunday, Oct. 29 | 2–3 p.m.
  • Atkins Auditorium
  • Tickets $16 Public | $12 Members

Visiting Tibetan-born artist Sonam Dolma Brauen sits down with independent curator and former Nelson-Atkins curator Leesa Fanning for a conversation about her life and work, including her installation on view: My Father’s Death. Through her repetition and reconfiguration of traditional materials, Sonam brings into modern physical form Buddhist beliefs and practices.