Rubin Museum’s “mandala lab” opens as a space for emotional well-being in New York
where emotions turn into wisdom
the rubin museum opens its mandala lab, a cultural healing space that inspires connection, empathy and learning by channeling buddhist principles. the museum, located on 17th street in Manhattan, claims the new mandala lab is where “emotions can turn into wisdom.” the meditative space is designed by peterson rich office.
Located on the renovated third floor of the museum, the space encourages guests to explore their emotions, consider how complex feelings arise in daily life, and imagine how one might have the power to transform them. see previous visualizations in the gallery below!
images © rafael gamo | @rafaelgamo, courtesy of the rubin art museum
inspired by Buddhist principles
Inspired by powerful Buddhist principles, the Mandala Lab offers five fun and engaging experiences – including videos, scents, sculptures, and curated percussion instruments – that guide visitors on an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. visitors are invited to see, smell, touch and breathe through the space.
the space dedicated to emotional well-being fits well in the rubin museum, which mainly focuses on the art and cultural artefacts of the Himalayas. with the design of the mandala lab, the architects of peterson’s wealthy office take inspiration from the mandala – a spiritual symbol that appears in more than 100 exhibits across the museum. the lab will be divided into quadrants, each offering principles for dealing with emotions such as anger and jealousy.
the architects design the laboratory with the influence of the mandala
Jorrit Britschgi, Executive Director of the Rubin Museum comments: ‘with the mandala lab, our hope is to give us the means to face today’s challenges: to expand our imagination, understand and manage our emotions, enrich our capacity for empathy and connect with others. our hope is that the rubin is a museum where art, ideas, research and our emotions connect. ‘
the mandala lab offers five stimulating experiences
visitors are invited to see, smell, touch and breathe through the space
the Rubin museum mainly focuses on the art and cultural artefacts of the Himalayas