Bhutan has inaugurated its largest-ever overseas art exhibition in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition, organised by VAST Bhutan (Voluntary Artists Studio of Thimphu) in partnership with the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Brussels and The Belfius Bank has the theme of ‘Healing With Happiness’. This is the largest overseas exhibition of Bhutanese artworks to date and has been put together by 68 Artists from Bhutan. Asha Kama, the VAST Bhutan Founder and Curator of the exhibition, added: “The theme ‘Healing for Happiness’ is inspired by the innate Bhutanese sense of optimism and strength, which is also reflected by Bhutanese art. We invoke blessings for good fortune to imbue all our best intended and greatest endeavours. Bhutanese art, too, emerges from this sensibility. Traditional paintings and motifs signify auspiciousness and goodness, meant to bring healing wherever they are placed.”
The Voluntary Artists Studio, Thimphu, popularly known as VAST, was established in 1998 by a group of professional artists as a not-for-profit organisation with the primary aim to provide opportunity to the Bhutanese youth to participate and develop their potential artistic talents especially in contemporary art, develop sense of social responsibilities through community services and also to explore art as a vocation.