Fashion: Neyo – made in Nepal

Fashion: Neyo – made in Nepal

During the weekend of 7/8 december 2013 “neyo” – the unique fashion label of Ineke Frohnhofen Aachen/Kathmandu – opened their doors in Aachen with a first pop-up weekend!
There was a successful and exciting fusion of Kaspar Hamachers wood, the tasty wines of bottlespot, the lovely environment at MeinPilates Studio, the efforts of frame event art ans neyo.’s own warm and fashionable cashmere products which altogether created a beautiful and welcoming synergy! A weekend enjoyed by the neyo.s, their partners, friends and families, who made this event absolutely amazing!
Bild Coffee boutique in Patan Coffee boutique in Patan

Do you want to know more about coffee? The great coffeeplace at Gyan Mandala? Damian Caniglia made this really nice video clip:

Thanks so much Damian says Austrian owner Birgit Gyawali…

The 10 most interesting galleries in Kathmandu

The 10 most interesting galleries in Kathmandu

Nepalese art is most renowned for its quaint, religious aesthetic that reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage and fuses Buddhist ideology with Hindu representation. While this still holds true, contemporary art in Nepal has recently been veering towards socio-political issues, and developing in terms of style and medium. We discover ten of Nepal’s most interesting contemporary art galleries. Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal | © russavia, WikiCommons(Reposted from


Siddhartha Art Gallery is located in the upmarket shopping complex Baber Mahal Revisited, a series of renovated Rana palace outbuildings dating from 1919. Established in 1987 by Sangeeta Thapa and renowned artist Shashikala Tiwari, the contemporary art gallery has put on over 300 exhibitions to date by artists from Nepal and further afield. Having participated in several community arts projects, Siddhartha aims to exhibit art that addresses socio-cultural and political issues. Past exhibitions include Sequential Dissonance, a series of socio-political paintings depicting the chaos of urban life in Kathmandu by up and coming Nepali artist Mekha Bahadur Limbu Subba, and The Nepal Diaries – Observations on a Journey by Canadian born, Finland-based Gary Wornell: a photo documentary of his time working in Nepal captured entirely on an iPhone.Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited, Kathmandu, Nepal, +977-1-4218048

Park Gallery In the bustling Pulchowk area of the Lalitpur District is Park Gallery, a contemporary art space created in 1970 by the late R.N. Joshi, an artist and social activist often dubbed the forefather of modern Nepali art. It is credited with being the first modern art gallery in Nepal and exhibits both local and international artists. Spread over two floors, the clean and modern gallery provides 1,500 square feet of exhibition space, with the upper level acting as a mini-museum of the work of Joshi, including paintings from The Voice of Silence series based on Tantra motifs, as well as his final piece, The Universe. Park Gallery also awards the annual R.N. Joshi Prize, which rewards artists who have made outstanding contributions to Nepalese art.Park Gallery, opposite the Fire Brigade Road, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal, +977-5522307

Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre, or KCAC for short, is a modern art space in the important, historic setting of the tranquil, picturesque Patan Museum gardens. KCAC is housed within the Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site believed to be one of the oldest Buddhist cites in the world. A Nepali gallery with an international outlook, KCAC has hosted artists-in-residence including Manish Harijan, the controversial Nepal-based contemporary artist whose work tackles social issues, and American painter Joy Lynn Davis. The arts centre also includes an art reference library with a collection of over 5000 books, making it the largest of its kind in Nepal.Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre, in the garden of the Patan Museum, Durbar Square, Lalitpur, Nepal, +977-1-5544880

Kasthamandap Art Studio Established in 1994 by a collective of eight contemporary visual artists including the late painter Prashanta Shrestha, Kasthamandap Art Studio is a community arts centre in the heart of the Lalitpur district in Kathmandu Valley. The studio is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation geared towards inspiring artistic creation in Nepal and encouraging public interaction with visual art. One of Kasthamandap’s seminal exhibitions was the Living Canvas project, made up of art pieces designed for the human body, which exhibited not only in Nepal, but also Sri Lanka and Bhutan. A number of canvases created by the founders of the studio are available for purchase, including artworks from Erina Tamrakar and Pradip Bajracharya.Kasthamandap Art Studio, Kupondole, Lalitpur, Nepal, +977-1-5011573

Artudio Centre for Visual Arts is an innovative arts project that uses the streets of Kathmandu as its canvas and inspiration with the aim of reclaiming public spaces as open galleries. Artudio has created several street art murals in locations across the city, including an anti-violence against women inspired artwork in Ratna Park and a mural celebrating Global Handwashing Day on the walls of Tri Chandra College. Art lovers wanting to escape the confines of indoor galleries can discover these pieces as they explore Kathmandu. Based in the quiet residential area of Lazimpat in Kathmandu, the Artudio Centre itself hosts regular short photography workshops that anyone with a keen interest in photography and a good camera can take part in for as little as 4,000 Nepalese Rupees. Artudio also hosts photography meet-ups in public spaces, where participants can practice their photography skills while capturing unique images of the capital. ARTUDIO ” Centre for Visual Arts”, Swoyambhu, Chhauni Hospital Raod, Kathmandu,, +977-1-9851180088

Bikalpa Art Centre A fairly recent addition to Nepal’s contemporary arts scene, Bikalpa Art Centre was founded in 2009 to promote Nepalese arts and culture. Bikalpa resides in a quaint courtyard with a peaceful garden – an oasis in the busy Pulchowk region – and boasts a gallery space, café, multimedia film and video production company and a community arts initiative. The Bikalpa art gallery has hosted exhibitions including Random Reveries, a collection of works from contemporary female Nepali artists Pramila Bajracharya, Kurchi Dasgupta and Bidhata KC, and Explorations in the Photographic Medium v.1.5, which featured the images of seven Kathmandu University art students working with the themes memory, home and family.

Bikalpa Art Centre, Pulchowk-3, Lalitpur, Nepal +977-1-5013524


Newa Chen Gallery, a collaborative project between online art marketplace Kala Voice and Newa Chen House set up in 2012, offers art enthusiasts a unique experience – vibrant and modern art in a traditional Nepalese setting. The gallery is located in Newa Chen House, a historic Newari house dating back to the Malla Dynasty, whose ground storage floor, the Dalan, houses the intimate art space. Still in its first year, Newa Chen Gallery has already hosted a varied range of exhibitions including the feminist-edged show Anubhutee: A Group Painting Exhibition by 8 Women Artists of Nepal and Coming into Being, in which artists Ghana Shyam, Sumitra Rana and Kripa Joshi explored the theme of consciousness.Newa Chen Gallery, Kulimha, Kobahal-9, Lalitpur, Nepal, +977-1-5533532

Sarwanam Art Gallery is an offshoot of the Sarwanam Theatre Group which was established in 1982 by renowned playwright Ashesh Malla and pioneered political street theatre in Nepal. The spacious, 30-square metre art gallery, or ‘kaladeergha’, provides an interactive experience for visitors with each exhibition featuring a ‘meet the artist’ segment. The gallery has shown the works of emerging Nepalese artists Bidhata KC and Saran Tandukar, and collaborated with Sarwanam Theatre on a project merging art and drama in which acclaimed abstract artist Mukesh Malla created a painting on stage as the play Mrityutsav was unfolding, expressing the themes of the drama. The Sarwanam building also hosts film screenings, including Dipendra Bhandari’s 2011 documentary Journey to Yarsa, which follows a Nepalese family as they search for yarsagumba, a caterpillar fungus with medicinal properties, in the Himalayan foothills.Sarwanam Art Gallery, Kalikasthan Bashghyang, Kalika Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, +977-1-4011027

NAFA (Nepal Academy of Fine Arts) is a government-established organisation set up in 2009 to promote Nepalese art to international audiences. Overseen by Kathmandu-born abstract expressionist Kiran Manandhar, NAFA comprises two galleries, exhibiting both established and emerging Nepali artists, and is located in the beautiful Sita Bhavan, a neo-classical Rana palace. NAFA, in collaboration with NGO Transparency International Nepal, has recently hosted an art workshop exploring anti-corruption and it holds the country’s annual National Fine Art Exhibition, which awards artists for their contributions to the Nepali arts. Previous recipients of exhibition awards have included traditional Newar artist Amrit Dangol and modern sculpture artist Agam Shrestha.Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal, +977-1-4430251

Imago Dei Café and Gallery Located a short distance from the Narayanhiti Palace Museum on Nagpokhari in a large, bright and modern building is café-cum-art gallery Imago Dei. The company was set up by Scotland native Rachael Manley in 2006 who, after living all over the world in locations as diverse as Holland and the Middle East, decided to call Nepal her home. Imago Dei’s informal and inviting atmosphere and its combination of meeting space and art space make it a popular venue with professionals, students and tourists alike. Previous collections at the Image Dei Gallery have included a Tibetan furniture exhibition and a showing of Dutch artist Chung-Hsi Han’s sketches of his travels throughout India and Kathmandu.Imago Dei Café and Gallery, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal, +977-1-4442464

My absolute favourite hotel: TINGS, a jewel just off Lazimpat Road:

My absolute favourite hotel: TINGS, a jewel just off Lazimpat Road:

… this is my home away from home in Kathmandu. My absolute favourite place to stay, in a quiet neighbourhood off Lazimpat Road, a short walk away from Thamel where all the action (and often too much action!) is, with lots of nice restaurants nearby. Owners Thomas and Anette, originally from Denmark, have become dear friends and they really have created a jewel with a great local staff of individual “jewels” here. Info:


Sneha Shrestha graffiti art exhibit opens at TINGS HOTEL!

Sneha Shrestha graffiti art exhibit opens at TINGS HOTEL!

14 March 2014, 6- 8 PM
TINGS openings are far from the traditional gallery inaugurations. They wont have an ambassador, CEO or other VIP’s to cut a red ribbon. Instead they will have a lot of art lovers and other creatives from Nepal and the rest of the world.

Thomas from TINGS: If you have been to our previous openings you know the program. Doors open at 6 pm where we will start serving drinks and selected snacks from Tings Menu.

Maybe we will have music – maybe we wont. It depends on what’s around that matches the ‘universe’ of the art. Beats & Hip Hop is obvious… so if you know a good DJ do not hesitate to call us.

But there will be a lot of guests and hopefully a lot of journalists. At 8 pm we will stop serving food and drinks and at 9 pm all have to leave. As you know Tings is a hotel where our guests have to sleep/relax after a long day of sight seeing At our last opening we arranged an after party. Maybe we will do that again

For many years I, Thomas Tingstrup, thought that the word John read when he climbed Yoko’s Art Installation (to see the small word Yoko had written on the ceiling above the ladder) at the Indica Gallery in London was “IMAGINE”. Actually I was so convinced that I lost a bet back in the late seventies – before the web gave you answers to all questions faster than fast.

Yoko could easily have written the word “IMAGINE” because, the word involves, not only a sense of positivism, but also curiosity, encouragement and, most importantly, it opens minds.

What has this anecdote got to do with our next exhibition?  Well nothing really – except that John Lennon always springs to mind when my generation sees the word “IMAGINE”. And that curiosity, encouragement and openness were the feelings that hit me when I first saw an Imagine wall in Kathmandu.

I had to know more about the art and the person behind it. A couple of months later I met and worked with Imagine. Her contribution to the Prasad@Tings exhibition blew my mind. Not only her exceptional paintings, but also her energy, vision, ambition and, most of all,  her international scope.

So can you now imagine how thrilling it was when we agreed on an “Imagine” exhibition at Tings?

And can you also imagine how much we are looking forward to the opening of our 9th and first solo show by a Nepalese Artist?

And best of all, can you imagine what a wonderful evening it will be?

I can – and if you have been to our previous Openings, I’m sure You Can Imagine Too. And when you are deciding whether or not to come, like Yoko, say “YES” 

Thomas         More info here:



“A day in my city” – Kathmandu: a 24 hours photo project

“A day in my city” – Kathmandu: a 24 hours photo project

By Jitendra Raj Bajracharya
Reposted from KATHMANDU POST
APR 04, 2014 – On March 22 this year, cities around the world—in 72 countries, no less—were being documented continuously via Instagram, for 24 hours. This was the 24 Hour Project, participated in by 900 street photographers, of which I was one. The idea was to take a photo, via smart phone, every hour, for the duration of a day, focused on the theme ‘the human condition’, so that by the end of it all, one has a collection of 24 shots that represent a typical day in one’s given city.The experience was challenging, for both mind and body, but also exciting in the way the time-frame kept you on your toes, pushed you to try new things—in a way you wouldn’t have done otherwise. And there were certainly memorable moments throughout: the suspicious traffic police officer who got peeved that I was taking pictures of him without permission, walking in the cold rain that splattered the deserted streets at night, and mingling with the crowds gathered around roadside stalls buzzing with conversation and rounds of delicious tea—the best being that served in front of the Kathmandu Metropolitan Office at 4 am by an elderly hawker.A great way to share unique sights and stories from one’s local turf with the rest of the world, the project was first started in 2013, but it was only this year that I was able to take part, a decision I’m very glad I made. I feel like I’ve not only learned more about the aesthetics and sensibilities that distinguish street photography from other forms, but also gotten to know Kathmandu better, especially the people who make it what it is—the diverse and lively humanity that this city is teeming with.

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A Childrens’ Art Museum in Kathmandu!

A Childrens’ Art Museum in Kathmandu!

Providing a creative space for art and culture among youth of Kathmandu, Nepal
Political instability, a low literacy rate, lack of access, and outdated views conspire to keep Nepali children from the joy of art. In conjunction with a public and private school, several community organizations and local artists, KCAM will be the first sustainable art space for Nepali children and youth.It will facilitate art workshops on Nepali culture for children and local artists, resulting in production of exhibitions. Multidimensional projects will encourage children’s appreciation of their culture and promote self-expression through hands-on art experience by allowing them to express themselves and reflect on their culture amidst the instability in Nepal.NCAM occupies a unique niche in the Nepali art and education scene by providing services that are not available else. We are committed to establish a safe space for creativity and generating collaborations; also promoting Nepali cultural and art, advocating social awareness through art and organizing and encouraging literacy programs.NCAM has done and will be doing lot more community out reach programs like Chalk Art for childrens day, Alphabet workshops, NCAM Hand wash day, Wall of Hope ( creatively raising awareness on violence against women). NCAM will be doing a lot more creative workshops for children of all age groups, by having lots of fun through arts and also learn creatively on more sensitives issues.

About Sneha Shrestha, the original driving force behind NCAM:
Sneha Shrestha is a Nepali artist based, until recently, in Boston, where she created unique art pieces that meshed the Nepali alphabet and Boston street art. She has had several exhibitions and commissioned works in Boston and Kathmandu. She is an award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator. Sneha holds bachelors’ degrees in globalization studies and studio art from Gettysburg College.Sneha is committed to using art as a vehicle for positive social change, which led her to work as a mentoring artist in painting and an education coordinator at Artists for Humanity in Boston, helping inner city youth for almost three years. Her passion for the arts, mixed with her concern for global issues, shapes Sneha’s work and her art. In 2009, a Kathryn Davis Foundation grant helped Sneha establish a children’s library for a struggling public school and publish three bilingual and culturally sensitive children’s books. The library is sustained by book sales and sales of her t-shirt line, MO:MO: NATION.After living and learning in the United States, Geneva, and Bali for the past seven years, Sneha has recently moved back to her hometown in Kathmandu to establish Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum, a space for Nepali children to express themselves through art.
Wonderful article on women artists of Nepal from!

Wonderful article on women artists of Nepal from!

Modernisation, identity and turmoil yields fertile soil for female artists in Nepal.The Himalayan country of Nepal has long been a collision of cultures, dialects and religions. Thrust into the international spotlight due to a Marxist insurgency and violent end to the Monarchy, Nepal’s contemporary art scene is flourishing with talented female artists who boldly challenge socio-economic and political themes.
Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal. Image courtesy the gallery.
Sangeeta Thapa, Nepal’s most established curator and Founder-Director of the Siddhartha Gallery, Siddhartha Art Foundation, Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre and Kathmandu International Art Festival, told Art Radar more about the recent history of contemporary art in Nepal: My first introduction to contemporary art in Nepal was through artist Shashikala Tiwari and her exhibition “Foot Marks of Peace” (1984). Inspired by her work, I opened the Siddhartha Art Gallery in collaboration with the artist. The idea was to create a platform for contemporary Nepali art. What I found interesting was that none of these artists wanted to be classified into that neat group of “women artists” as they attributed their hierarchical place in the pyramid of Nepali contemporary to the merit of their works. I found this interesting and extraordinary as the contemporary art scene was driven and dominated by men.

Art Radar profiles ten of these artists, hand-picked by visual artist and art writer Kurchi Dasgupta, who measure their credibility through their skills rather than their gender. The following ten female artists represent the best and brightest working and living in Nepal.


Saurganga Darshandhari, ‘Frolic’, 2014, aquatint etching, 20 x 40 inches.

Saurganga Darshandhari (b. 1980) is a visual artist and printmaker who holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Tribuban University in Kathmandu, and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Development Alternative in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is also a founding member of Bindu, an artist’s space.

Darshandhari’s work has been shown widely in Nepal and exhibited in India. The artist has participated in residencies in Bangladesh, South Korea and Sri Lanka. She is currently exploring the connection between cultural traditions, the Hindu religion and erotic figures.

            Kurchi Dasgupta, ‘Access Denied’, 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches.

Kurchi Dasgupta (b. 1974, Kolkata, India) is an Indian national based in Nepal for the past nine years. Dasgupta earned an advanced degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. In addition to being a visual artist, Dasgupta also writes about contemporary art for several print magazines and e-journals, including Frieze Magazine and the Asian Art Journal.

Dasgupta’s artwork is a response to modern-day life. Often, topics are referenced and located on the internet and address “whatever issue was bothering me most at that moment”. The artist’s work has been shown in India, London, Qatar and Nepal.

            Ragini Upadhyay Grela,’Divided Nepal’ from the “Gaijatra” series, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 92 cm.

Ragini Upadhyay Grela (b. 1961) is a painter and printmaker, with a degree in Painting from the Lucknow Arts and Crafts College, India. Grela is perhaps one of the most well-known and prolific Nepali artists of her generation, with over sixty solo shows and numerous national and international exhibitions to her credit.

Her artwork bravely takes on gender, identity and sexuality, while referencing mythological narratives and utilising a sly sense of satire. Her work is found in various public and private collections worldwide, including the Bradford Museum (United Kingdom), the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Nepal).

Bidhata K.C., ‘System Unfolds….’, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 128 x 152cm.

Bidhata K.C. (b. 1978) is one of the newer generation of Nepali artists. Holding a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, the artist burst into the contemporary art scene in 2005 and has participated in an impressive number of solo and group exhibitions, including in Bangladesh, Italy, Nepal, South Korea and the United States. In addition, Bidhata K.C. was an Asian Artist Fellowship Program recipient in 2006-07 in South Korea.

Bidhata K.C.’s work intimately looks at the human condition, with all its joys, challenges and frailties. Often, a leaf is present in the composition as her “primary element” with colours and space providing the exploration of emotion.

Sheelasha Rajbhandari, ‘Eternal Thirst’, 2014, x-ray sheet, resin, plastic and lighting, 60 x 30 x 24 inches.

Sheelasha Rajbhandari (b. 1988) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kathmandu University Center for Art and Design and is currently working on her MFA at the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. Her work has been shown in Bangladesh, India and Nepal and was included in the 14th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh. Rajbhandari also won first prize for Sculpture in the 2011 National Art Competition at the National Art Academy.

Rajbhandari examines the role that an individual idea has in relation to society in her artwork, and how traditional religious figures and concepts meld or are juxtaposed with the “rapid modernisation” that Nepal is currently facing.

Ashmina Ranjit, ‘Indigenous Modernity’ installation view at Patan Museum, Lalitpur, Nepal, 2011.

Ashmina Ranjit (b. 1966) holds a BFA from both Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu (1992) and the University of Tasmania, Australia (1999). Ranjit completed her MFA from Columbia University Graduate School of Art in New York in 2006. Among her awards are two Fulbright Scholarships.

Ranjit is one of the most internationally recognised and written-about female artists in Nepal. She constantly breaks the boundaries surrounding traditional Nepali society and has “redefined contemporary art practices and society’s perceptions” through her paintings, performance art and video installations. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the world, including in Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Qatar and the United States.

BildSeema Sharma Shah, ‘Shreenath ji’, 2012, etching, 100 x 50cm.

Seema Sharma Shah (b. 1966, Varanasi, India) is the Head of the Central Department of Fine Arts at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. She earned her BFA in Painting and has both an MFA and a PhD in Printmaking.

Shah has participated in over seventy group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Her artwork depicts a sense of tranquillity and religious harmony, drawing on “assemblages” of Hindu and Buddhist mythologies.


Sushma Shakya, ‘Celebration’, 2014, 3.5 x 4 feet, acrylic on canvas.

Sushma Shakya (b. 1975) received her BFA in Painting from Kathmandu University in 2007. Shakya’s paintings, book illustrations, video art and installations have been shown extensively throughout Nepal. In 2013, the artist received an award from the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Sculpture and the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts in Woodcut.

Her most recent work highlights the collision between humans and animal life and the plight of the ecosystem in contemporary times.

Erina Tamrakar, ‘Window of my heart’, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 8 inches.

Erina Tamrakar (b. 1970) earned her MFA from the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. She is the co-founder of Kasthamandap Art Studio and founding member of E-Arts Nepal. Her work has been shown widely both nationally and internationally and is found in private and public collections, including the Hotel de l’Annapura and Nepal Investment Bank.

Tamrakar’s work often quietly observes the relationship between society and women. The artist’s newest project examines the social discrimination of women and religious boundaries.

Shashikala Tiwari, ‘Rippled Orchid’, 2006, oil on canvas, 37 x 34 inches.

Shashikala Tiwari (b. 1950, Nepal) is thought by many to be the mother of contemporary art in Nepal and represents “the defining role model” for local female artists. After earning her BFA in 1973 from M.S. University in Baroda, India, Tiwari developed her signature style and is now considered a forerunner of Nepal’s Modernist Movement. She is also a respected poetess.

Her paintings are reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe, with brilliant splashes of colour and sexual energy, laden with flowers and women in flowing clothes. Nature also figures prominently in Tiwari’s work, often bold and full of vibrant movement. The artist’s work has been exhibited throughout the world and is found in both private and public collections, including the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), Narayanhiti Royal Palace (Kathmandu) and the Russian Cultural Centre (Kathmandu).

Lisa Pollman

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