When we speak of the arts of Nepal, we refer to the Kathmandu Valley, rich in art and culture. This tiny valley was and still is the hub of Nepal where 2,000 years of history have been frozen in time. Today, Nepal has become and will continue to be a modern nation, conflating traditional as well as modern features that are uniquely "Nepali" in character.
The style of art called Nepali is primarily produced by the Newars, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, who shaped it since medieval times. Nepal: Nostalgia and Modernity celebrates various artistic expressions of the Newars and other ethnic groups. It brings together works of scholars from diverse fields and different approaches to provide an eclectic view of Nepal's art, culture, and religion. Evocative visuals combine with insightful essays in this portrait of modern Nepal with its connections to the past.