• United by our conviction that

    MATHO MUSEUM PROJECT

    heritage cannot wait

  • United by our conviction that

    MATHO MUSEUM PROJECT

    heritage cannot wait

  • United by our conviction that

    MATHO MUSEUM PROJECT

    heritage cannot wait

 

Who we are

 
 

WHAT? We are building a museum that is 3 stories high and 470 m²

WHERE? Indian Himalaya, Ladakh, Matho Monastery
 
WHY? To preserve and share the monastery’s collection of Buddhist art
 
 
WHO? Butter Tea Association, Himalayan Art Preservation Association, Cultural & Welfare Society of Matho Gonpa
 
WHEN? Since January 2011 – museum inauguration: 1 July 2017
 
HOW MUCH? Yearly budget = € 70.000 + countless hours of volunteer work and much good will!

What have we got in store for you?

The collection of objects at Matho Monastery consists of an awesome cross-section of Himalayan Buddhist art: 9th century Kashmiri bronzes, medieval images inspired by Nepali craftsman and modern-day Chinese-style scroll paintings. We had a blast figuring out how best to display this collection. We decided on three themes for the three exhibition floors: A time-traveller’s journey back to ancient times, highlighting the origin of styles and unsurpassed virtuosity A Who’s Who of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, deities, lamas.... plus a Buddhist philosophy 101 A magical mystery tour of Matho Monastery’s history, and its monks’ rituals

Here come the men in red, heritage defenders...

Let me paint you a picture: snow-capped  mountains,  a desert landscape dotted  with white stupas, a monastery  perched  on a rocky hilltop, prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Men dressed in red monastic robes,  the sound of bells and chanting. You get theidea, Matho is something special, home  to a distinct culture that lives and breathes Himalayan Buddhism. 

The lure of modern  life, the homogenizing  effects  of globalization seeping into homes  everyday through television,  and the glitz and glamour of jeans and sneakers mean  the winds of change are blowing: fewer people join monastic orders, or stay in touch with ancestral traditions. The result is neglect of cultural heritage. Add to this the dark forces of the black art trade and we see a culture in danger. 

Enter the men in red, our heritage defenders.  The monks  of Matho understood  that to protect cultural artefacts is to protect a sense  of identity,  a sense of history and belonging for the people  of Ladakh. A museum  was the obvious  answer to their desire to preserve the monastery’s  collection,  to share its beauty and wisdom with the public.  

Women at Work

Women empowerment is a big deal at Matho Monastery. 16 women from Matho village, young birds and wise matrons aged 21 to 41, receive continuous on-the-job training in conservation and now run the workshop.  

Working nine to five, what a way to make a living... Friendly working hours and an on-site day-care centre allow the women to combine their new careers with family life. Financial independence and the job’s responsibilities give these ladies confidence and pride: with their unique skill-set they are the vanguard of cultural heritage preservation in Ladakh!

You and Me

 
We are a nerdy bunch from all over the world: students, professionals and pensioners aged 20 to 65, united by the conviction that heritage cannot wait. In the monastery, women from Matho village work side by side with art history students from Paris, monks advise Viennese linguists and the construction site shows local men and women taking directions from hipster architects from Berlin.

This collaboration results in an inspiring combination of traditional wisdom and innovation.
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A kind man who makes good use of wealth is rightly said to possess a great treasure - Buddha Shakyamuni said it, not us...
We rely heavily on the heart and efforts of donors and volunteers. Our donors come in many shapes and forms: from the silent shadow and his anonymous €10.000 gift to the maternal type that publicly adopts a lonesome object in need of parentage.

The adoption process is straightforward: pick from the carousel a bubbly Buddha, a cuddly stuffed yak or a blazing Manjushri sword to toast your ignorance... Your name will feature in the object panel accompanying the artefact in the museum. Otherwise press t he big red donation button, you’ll see what happens
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