Reincarnation

Reincarnation

 

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto

November 2007

Curator: Shengtian Zheng

The image of Buddha has been the most important ritual item representing one of the great religions in history. Today Buddha images are still found almost everywhere in the world, but they are not necessarily always affiliated with Buddhism and its religious values.

The reincarnation or resurrection of Buddha reflects the tremendous changes that have occurred in our society. The iconic perceptions of Buddha vary and play completely different roles in different cultures. Buddha is no longer a symbol of one belief but a visual form that fosters questions rather than answers.

This exhibition consists of painting, sculpture, installation and video works made by artists from China, Tibet, Korea, and France. It demonstrateshow Buddhist imagery has been adopted in contemporary art practice and how close it is to our daily life in the context of globalization.

List of works (preliminary)

 

Huang Yongping (Paris)

Buddha Studio

2006

Installation

 

Zhan Wang (Beijing)

Temple of Western Medicine

2006

Installation

 

Gade (Lhasa/ New York)

Precious Items

2007

Mixed Media

 

Yan Peiming (Dijon)

Invisible Buda

1999

Oil on canvas

 

Hye-Sun Baik (Chicago/Seoul)

Neon Buddha

2002

Mixed media

 

Liu Dahong (Shanghai)

Buddhist Temple

2006

Painting

 

Gade (Lhasa/ New York)

Jason Sangster (Lhasa/ Atlanta)

Ice Buddha Sculpture – Lhasa River

2007

Video Installation

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