Tag Archives: Statuary

China: Buddhist statue sprouts miracle mushrooms

Globaltimes.cn
2013-8-28

Clusters of mushrooms grow from the arms and chest of a statue of Guanyin (the Buddhist goddess of mercy) in Chetouan, a Buddhist convent in southern Fujian’s Nanjing county. The 2.68-meter-high camphorwood statue sprouted mushrooms recently due to the high humidity and temperatures in the region. Photo: taihainet.com/Lin Xiaoqi

Visitors take photos of the Guanyin statue bearing clusters of mushrooms. Those at the Chetouan convent call the fungus “auspicious clouds” and take them as a good omen. Photo: taihainet.com/Lin Xiaoqi

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Christie Restores Buddhist Art at Longmen Grottoes with Projection Technology

AV Network
Staff Reporter
3 July, 2013

Christie and its partner, Wincomn Technology Development, have restored the essence of ancient art at Longmen Grottoes, one of China’s cave shrines carved with Buddhist sculptures that earned its recognition as a UNESCO heritage site.

Longmen_Christie

Christie projectors display multimedia contents representing the expressions of the Buddhas and other statues, using projection mapping on the uneven surfaces of the Fengxian Temple. Continue reading

Ancient Stone Statues Returned to Cambodia After Nearly 20 Years at New York Museum

The Washington Post
Heng Sinith
11 June, 2013

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Two 10th century Cambodian stone statues displayed for nearly two decades at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art were returned to their homeland Tuesday in a high-profile case of allegedly looted artifacts.

The voluntary return of the pair of “Kneeling Attendants” statues by one of America’s foremost cultural institutions is seen as setting a precedent for the restoration of artworks to their places of origin, from which they were often removed in hazy circumstances.

It comes as the Cambodian government is asking other museums to return similar objects. At the government’s request, U.S. authorities have begun legal action against Sotheby’s auction house to try to force the handover of a contested piece.

Cambodian officials and Buddhist monks were on hand for a welcome ceremony for the life-size sandstone statues at the capital’s international airport.

“The statues are very important to our country,” said Chan Tani, secretary of state for the Cabinet office. “We got back those ancient statues that left us, so we should be proud.”

The statues come from the Koh Ker temple in Siem Reap province, which is home to the famed Angkor Wat temples. Officials say they were stolen from the temple in the 1970s. The museum said the statues were given to the museum in pieces by different donors between 1987 and 1992.

“These pieces were an important part of our museum’s display of Khmer (Cambodian) and pre-Khmer art,” the head of the museum’s Asian art department, Maxwell K. Hearn, said after the Buddhist ceremony. “It was a great privilege to be able to show works of Khmer art in New York, but we are also very pleased to see these pieces rightfully returned to Cambodia.” Continue reading

Tsushima [Japan] to seek return of Buddhist statue in South Korea

KYODO
JUN 15, 2013

TSUSHIMA, NAGASAKI PREF. – The mayor of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture has vowed to directly ask South Korea to return a Buddhist statue that he claims is the property of a temple on the island.

In an interview Wednesday, Yasunari Takarabe said he will submit a petition seeking the return of the statue of the Kanzeon Bodhisattva to Kannon Temple, and that it will bear the signatures of around 17,000 residents of the Sea of Japan island. It might be submitted to the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea as soon as July. Continue reading

Korea, Japan quarrel over stolen Buddhist statue

Korean Herald
2013-06-13

Geumdong Gwaneum Bosal statue. (Cultural Heritage Administration)

A Japanese mayor is set to visit South Korea next month to urge the return of an ancient Korean Buddhist statue amid concerns that such a move could deepen friction between the two countries over the ownership of the artifact. Continue reading

Michigan, USA Exhibit: Meijer Gardens Features Startling Work of Artist Zhang Huan [thru 25 Aug, 2013]

Michigan Live
Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk
May 23, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Zhang Huan’s career in art began with performance.

Usually, the Chinese artist was naked, often doing revolting things such as coating his body with sugary water to attract flies.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will see none of that this summer, at least not live or in person.

Meijer Gardens on Friday opens a summer-long exhibition of work by Huan, a sculptor, painter and photographer as well as a performance artist, whose work has been seen in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but not much in between.

“Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan,” continuing until Aug. 25, 2013, will be the first major exhibition in the Midwest by the artist who’s at the forefront of bringing Chinese art to the rest of the world. Continue reading

New York City Exhibit: Sculptor Dashi Namdakov Presents “The Nomad” [16 June thru 30 June]

Broadway World
Visual Arts News Desk
4 June, 2013

Fantasy

The Russian American Foundation is pleased to present The Nomad, Memory of the Future, the largest exhibition in the United States of works by Dashi Namdakov, a renowned Buryat artist and sculptor. Curated by Marina Kovalyov, the exhibition will be on view June 16-30, 2013 at the National Arts Club and will feature over 60 pieces including bronze sculptures, graphic art and jewelry. The exhibition will showcase the artist’s extraordinary craftsmanship and highly original style, which blends visual art traditions and techniques of the East and the West. The Namdakov exhibition will be part of the 11th Annual Russian Heritage Month, a celebration of events and exhibits highlighting Russian culture.

Dashi Namdakov is one of the most original voices in contemporary Russian art. Born in 1967, in Transbaikal, the borderlands between Russia and Mongolia, and trained as a sculptor at the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Fine Arts, Dashi had his first solo exhibition in Irkutsk in 2000. Dashi’s sculptures, graphic and jewelry pieces have been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally, including The State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), Beijing World Art Museum (China), Grand Palais (Paris, France) and Tibet House in New York, NY. One of a few living artists to have had a solo exhibition in The State Hermitage (St. Petersburg, Russia) Dashi also has art works in this prestigious museum’s permanent collection. His work is in the personal collections of the German Chancellor Mr. G. Shroeder, the family of Uma Thurman, Willie Nelson, and many other collectors worldwide. Continue reading

Asian decorative arts on the auction block in June [2013] at Bonhams in San Francisco

A lacquered bronze model of Buddha on a lotus petal double base

Lot 8359: A lacquered bronze figure of Buddha Ming dynasty. Estimate:
US$ 10,000 – 15,000.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Following close at the heels of the smash success of the decorative Asian sale held this past March, Bonhams announces its Asian Decorative Arts auction in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 25. The auction will take place just a day after the firm’s fine sale of Asian art, and will be sure to attract both Bonhams’ veteran clients and newcomers to the Asian art world alike. Continue reading

Michigan, USA Exhibit: Startling work of Chinese artist Zhang Huan [thru 25 Aug 2013]

Michigan Live
Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk
May 23, 2013

Zhang Huan at Meijer Gardens

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Zhang Huan’s career in art began with performance.

Usually, the Chinese artist was naked, often doing revolting things such as coating his body with sugary water to attract flies.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will see none of that this summer, at least not live or in person.

Meijer Gardens on Friday opens a summer-long exhibition of work by Huan, a sculptor, painter and photographer as well as a performance artist, whose work has been seen in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but not much in between.

“Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan,” continuing until Aug. 25, 2013, will be the first major exhibition in the Midwest by the artist who’s at the forefront of bringing Chinese art to the rest of the world. Continue reading

Shandong, China Exhibit: Art and artifacts that span dynasties [until 18 June 2013]

China Daily
2013 May 21

Art and artifacts that span dynasties

Buddha carvings from the Northern Wei Dynasty.

Some 147 garments and clothing ornaments from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties are on display at the Shandong Museum providing a rare opportunity for first-hand study of traditional Chinese costumes.

It is the first time an exhibit of clothing worn by nobles, emperors and average people from the two dynasties have been shown in China simultaneously. It will probably be the last for a decade due to concerns over the preservation of priceless items, said Fang Hongjun, an expert from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

Paintings and calligraphy from the two dynasties are also part of the show that opened on May 18, the same date as International Museum Day.

Held at the museum in the provincial capital Jinan, the event is scheduled to end on June 18. Continue reading