At Patan Museum there is a smaller number of Nepali artists in an overall exquisite exhibit. Works can be found in the left wing (upon entering) on several floors, as well as in the garden behind the museum.

Upon entering an intriguing international work (by Cuban artist Ricardo Brey) immediately catches the eye in the courtyard of the museum:

Ricardo Brey (Cuba, 1955 ), Dust bathing, 2017


There are also a number of great installations in the gardens, most of all the intriguing tent with video installation of Tayeba Begum Lipi

and in the garden studios the wonderful mirror glass installation of ???



But let’s focus on the very interesting selection of artworks for the Patan Museum venue created by Nepali artists.

Jupiter Pradhan (Nepal, 1977)
The Ring, 2017

A wonderful installtion with five rings and faces positioned on rings which express different emotions, such as joy, anger, suprise, sadness, contentment. The artist has great respect for the fine workmanship of traditional craftsworkers and aspires to express their feelings with these carefully crafted masks.



Kunjan Tamang (Nepal, 1989)

Teko (support around us), 2015

A square black painted canvas is worked on with a whole series of staples. The staples are accumulated in the form resembling diagonal wooden beams used to support houses and temples damaged by the earthquake. The artist took an element we all know from the streets of Kathmandu, and made a rhythmic composition with it.



Saurganga Darshandhari (Nepal, 1980)
Mero Aama ko Thaili (My mother’s purse), 2017

This artist excels in printmaking and etching. In this medium she explores with delicacy and a sense for lines and traces issues that often deal with femininity. A personal sense of beauty is linked with motives which move between figuration and forms of abstraction. For the Kathmandu Triennale the artist conceived a brand new series of etchings and a sound installation ‘Mero Aama ko Thaili’. In each print the Thaili (purse) of her mother is the protagonist of the etching. A purse is here like a container – not only to keep money, but also to preserve memories and personal emotions.



Sunita Maharjan (Nepal)

As cities are a patchwork of neighborhoods and places, the work of Sunita Maharjan is like a collage of stitched pieces of textile on which she has transferred images. The work has a soft color over which the different urban elements are positioned in black lining. The artist observes the city and filters archetypical elements of it to make a rhythmic panoramically composition.



Youdhister Maharjan (Nepal,)


Newspapers are the main material for the work created by Boston-based Youdhister Maharjan for Kathmandu Triennale. The artist questions the daily information with which we are surrounded in making delicate cut-outs and collages using newspaper pages. The information becomes secondary, the play of forms, lines and shadows prevail. In a gentle and precise way the artist subverts the way we are informed daily about what’s happening in politics, economy and society as a whole. In the back garden of the Patan Museum the artists constructs a sculpture between trees just by piling up newspapers. The newspapers is used in the way a painter uses paint. Rain and sun will modify the work during the course of the exhibition.


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