Martin Brauen

Martin Brauen ( born 1948 in Bern ) is a Swiss ethnologist and curator.


Martin Brauen studied anthropology and history of religions at the University of Zurich and Buddhology at the University of Delhi. He received his doctorate in Zurich with a dissertation on festivals and ceremonies in Ladakh. Since 1975 he worked as Head of the Himalayas / Far East at the Zurich Museum of Ethnology and a lecturer at the University of Zurich. From 2008 to 2012, he was chief curator of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.

Brewing is married to the Tibetan artist Sonam Dolma; the actress Yangzom Brauen is their daughter.


  • Heinrich Harrer Impressions from Tibet. Surviving Treasures. Penguin / Arrange, Innsbruck, Frankfurt / Main 1974
  • Festivals in Ladakh. Akademische Druck - und Verlags -Anstalt, Graz 1980, ISBN 3-201-01122-3
  • Young Tibetans in Switzerland. Studies on the process of cultural identification ( with Detlef Kantowsky ). Ruegger, Diessenhofen 1982, ISBN 3-7253-0169-7
  • Peter Aufschnaiter. His life in Tibet. Steiger, Innsbruck 1983, ISBN 3-85423-016-8
  • The mandala. The sacred circle in Tantric Buddhism. DuMont, Cologne 1992, ISBN 3-7701-2509-6
  • Somewhere in Bhutan. Where the women (almost always) have the final say. Waldgut, Frauenfeld 1994, ISBN 3-7294-0202-1
  • Dream World Tibet. Western illusions. Haupt, Bern 2000, ISBN 3-258-05639-0
  • Bamboo in ancient Japan. Art and Culture at the threshold of modernity ( with Patrizia Jirka -Schmitz ). Arnold, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-89790-190-0
  • The Dalai Lamas. Tibet reincarnations of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Arnold, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-89790-219-2
  • Mandala. Sacred circle in Tibetan buddhism. Exhibition catalog ( with Helen Abbott). Arnold, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-89790-305-0