Did you even know there WERE contemporary artist in this small Himalayan country, the Shangri-la for trekkers and mountain-climbers, wedged between India and Tibet?
That you can find hip hotels, great coffee, and a vibrant art scene in Kathmandu?
So you are actually interested in modern art, ready to buy original art maybe for the first time, not the rich collector (yet) but on the look-out for professional works at a good price. Then contemporary art from Nepal is exactly what you are looking for.
Six reasons why buying modern art from Nepal will make you feel good:
- You get great works at a great price – even though that may be kind of obvious when you are buying stuff from a developing country with a whole different income level.
- You support young artists in a chaotic country with lots of problems – but still a country which allows for great creativity in the midst of a struggling economy.
- As the art scene is still rather manageable in size, chances are high that you get to meet “your” artist personally, may that be virtually or actually face-to-face on a trip to Nepal.
- You get to feel a real “patron of the arts” as one of the first Westerners to become involved in acquiring works from outside the country – and instead of being an anonymous buyer you will be personally valued and cherished.
- Your support can really make an impact as artists tend to spread their new “wealth” from international sales by setting up own art projects with community activities (e.g. lectures, discussions, workshops for street kids …
- And last but not least: the art is great!
And if it’s the charity aspect that you are after: this can also be satisfied, as a number of artists now donate their works for fundraising to a young German charity www.dana-arts.org specializing in “art& giving”! Which means proceeds from art sales will go directly to community art projects, schooling and training. So let me help you to buy your first piece of contemporary art from Nepal. After 20 years of visiting Nepal again and again, and a good decade of immersion into the young art scene of Kathmandu I can be the link between you and my artist friends in Kathmandu via www.beatawiggen.com and www.nepalnow.net .
… happy with my dear friend JaniMa at an extended brunch and lots of good, deep, and fun talk at the cutest café in Cologne!
As this is the last day of this series of “geluksmomenten” or “moments of happiness” I challenge Carol Williams to share her very own happy moments of the day in the week to come. Can’t wait to hear from you, Carol 🙂
… today just words, no pics (just the opposite from yesterday): happy about absolute quality time spent with my colleagues from the mindfulness teachers training. Wonderful to hear about all the precious work everyone has done with MBSR in the past year and nine months since graduation. Thankful for the friendships. What a gift!!!
… no words, just pics! Happy in the hill country between Cologne and Olpe in Germany at the reunion weekend with my colleagues from the Mindfulness Teachers’ Training 2011-2013!!!
… my happy moment is NOW: the light is fading, I just got home in Almere after an extended meeting with two dear BFFs. Turned up the heating, lit some candles, put my new CD with dinner jazz (birthday gift to myself) on the stereo – and I intensely enjoy my home. Feel warmed by my surroundings and bathed by lovely music. So much to be thankful for, aaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Happy in the early morning, taking the train into town (to meet the tow-truck for my car, see yesterday’s post) and seeing Duesseldorf waking up. Felt good to have a change in routine, even though for the wrong reason. When you are in your own town at an odd time you get to appreciate it all over again, almost as if you are on vacation:
But the “happy moments” just added up as the towing action went so incredibly well. Perfectly on time, perfectly cordial and competent people coming to get my car, smooth and quick action to make life easy for me and even get to work ahead of time instead of being late.
I am absolutely grateful to live in a country where things work!!! Like clockwork, with quick calls on the mobile to prepare everything in an optimum way, with appointed times being met perfectly, with friendly and easygoing professionals who do their very best to ease any nervousness on the customer’s part.
Now just hoping the repairs won’t cost too much …
… now, that was a bit of a difficult day:
Overshadowed by my car that wouldn’t start and sat like a lame duck in the underground parking garage smack in the center of Duesseldorf. Arranged for ADAC (the German automobile club with its emergency system) to come look at the car after work. It was not the battery, not the sparks … but they couldn’t get it to start either.
As it was too late to have the car towed to a repair place we arranged to have this done in the morning and then came my pretty much only happy moment of the day (aaaaw, poor me!): the ADAC guy took me home in his little truck!!!! He wanted to be extra-nice to a lady who had her birthday messed up by a broken-down car ….
I was nominated by my friend Sabine Klencke to tell about a happy moment in my day for the next seven days, so here here goes my first try:Today’s happy moment was a very early one, namely right after my morning meditation when I jolted awake from a brief nodding off (ha, again!). It’s my birthday, and that made me intensely happy and – most of all – intensely grateful that I am still here to enjoy it. It is now 7 1/2 years after my breastcancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. And on the one hand these 7 years have flown by in little more than an instant, but on the other hand they have also allowed me great travels, interesting projects, wonderful meetings with old and new friends and much love and happiness.So today`s moment is both happy and filled with intense gratefulness.