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The Collectors

Iconic images of the Himalayas inevitably involve a triumphant Sir Edmund Hillary, but the founders of Manhattan's new Rubin Museum of Art are on a personal trek to change that. In an attempt to introduce the world to Himalayan art—and save their collection from languishing in storage—Shelley and Donald Rubin, who first discovered the art nearly 30 years ago when a Tibetan painting in a gallery caught their eye, will open the six-story Chelsea center next month. There are more than 1,000 examples of tapestries, bronze Buddhas, and thangkas (devotional paintings and tapestries) dating as far back as the 12th century. And a theater will show Himalayan-theme movies from The Abominable Snowman to Seven Years in Tibet—enough to make people walk away wondering, Edmund who? At 150 W. 17th St.; 212-620-5000;


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