Shambhala in Modern Times by Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso. (MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON)

I can’t remember the last time the Museum of Fine Arts put on an exhibition incorporating psychedelic silkscreens, Tibetan thangkas, Pink Floyd, unicorns and snow lions, instructions on how to open a condom wrapper, digital animation, dwarves, a collaboration with Nepalese nuns, and a prospective apocalypse. But I hope it’s not too long before they do it – or something similar – again.

“Seeking Shambhala,’’ on view at the MFA until Sept. 30, is one of those under-the-radar, single-gallery, collection-based museum shows that comes close to out-wowing the museum’s loudly trumpeted, loan-based blockbusters.


Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe