World Systems Perspectives and Art: A Case Study of the Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art in the Netherlands (2019)


As the highest region on Earth, the Tibetan Plateau’s
unique, often inaccessible geographical location has
given rise to a distinct culture. Deeply influenced by
Buddhism, Tibetan art has a long-standing tradition,
which only recently has been affected by external
stimuli. Particularly since the People’s Republic of
China’s (PRC) take-over of Tibet in the 1950s, the influx
of new roads, railways, and the immigrants and tourists
who came with them, have influenced traditional
Tibetan culture. Moreover, the loss of Tibetan autonomy
has led to a Western spotlight, both politically and
culturally and, one could convincingly argue, Tibetan’s
weakened political position has in turn strengthened
Tibet’s global cultural status. Yet, the move to the global
stage may itself be a threat to Tibet’s cultural autonomy.
Maintaining traditional Tibetan culture and identity
within the dominant Eurocentric cultural world system is
problematic, as much previous scholarship has shown.

  • Year published 2019
  • Authors Laura E.A. Braden and Naomi Oosterman
  • Type Research Article in Transcultural Perspectives
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