《OPTICKS 008》, Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2018
As a part of efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art has postponed its reopening to April 4th (Sat), 2020 (Originally scheduled for March 21st (Sat), 2020).
The current exhibition of the world-reknowned modern artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, exploring the themes of "ruri," "jodo," and "replay."
Since the 1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto has earned global acclaim for photographic works combining sophisticated large-format camera techniques with conceptual motifs. Sugimoto’s interests also encompass collecting art and historical documents from different times and places, architecture, and theater directing; all facets of his ongoing exploration of the concept of time, human perception, and the origins of consciousness.
Visiting Kyoto frequently over the years and finding himself moved to contemplative thought by the ancient capital’s long history, Sugimoto has created a series of photographs in the city. Now, to celebrate the renewal of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, situated in Okazaki, Kyoto, once home to six large temples, he will invoke the sacred splendor of an imaginary temple, under the title POST VITAM.
Taking as its key words ruri, jodo, and opticks, this first major exhibition by Hiroshi Sugimoto at a Kyoto museum will reexamine his unique practice that has developed from photography through the intersection of religious, scientific and artistic inquiry, and simultaneously take a fresh look at the state of the Japanese soul amid centuries of longing for the jodo (pure land) in its myriad incarnations.
The term ruri refers variously to the ultramarine color of lapis lazuli, and to glass, and is also connected to Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai (Bhaiṣajyaguru), the Medicine Buddha. Sugimoto has a deep and longstanding fascination with the magic of this amazing material that has captured hearts and minds since ancient times, and is also connected with lenses and photography. This exhibition will include various glassrelated artworks and artifacts, centering on Sugimoto’s large-format color series OPTICKS, making its world debut.
March 21 (Sat) - June 14 (Sun), 2020
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
*Museum closed on Mon (Open on national holidays)
*Museum opening postponed until April 4th (Sat).
Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, New Higashiyama Cube
City Bus 5, 100, 110 to "Okazaki Koen / Bijutsukan, Heian Jingu-mae (Heian Jingu Shrine)" bus stop