Lee Mingwei’s performance piece Sonic Blossom– an
exhibition with no objects – is an integral part of the new iteration of Buddha10,
which will reopen to the public on May 6 radically changed. The link
with Mingwei’s piece is especially meaningful and profound, since one of the
most important aspects of Buddhismis the practice of compassion
and the gift – communicated from heart to heart – the vibrant heart
of Sonic Blossom.
The new iteration of the
exhibition also features another work by LEE Mingwei: Spirit House, a video
documenting the participatory installation by the same name created for the Art
Gallery of New South Wales in 2022. The video will be on view in the last
gallery of the exhibition, replacing Lu Yang’s Moving Gods.
Prana, the site-specific work made by Andrea Anastasio
and Stefano Mancuso for the exhibition’s first gallery, will be replaced by Francesco
Simeti’s Come un limone lunare: a large,
theatrical installation that starts from a series of images of animals, leaves,
and flowers to reflect on their perception and on the contrast between the
concepts of nature and artifice.
Other works by Simeti (Palermo,
1968) will be on view in the
same gallery: the animated video Billowing, inspired by the Chinese
painting The Manchu Army Regaining East and West Lianzhen in 1855, and a
series of woodcuts distinguished for the use of an abstract, spare
mark to depict fires, disasters, and catastrophes with a focus on nature as
damaged and wounded but resistant.
For conservation and
curatorial reasons, many of the Buddhist statues will also be substituted,
including the Seated Buddha with Clasped Hands, which will be replaced
by the work of the artist Qiu Zhijie(Zhangzhou, 1969),
focused on the contemporary rewriting of the Sutrain different media.
The Japanese gardens
will host a new video by Wu Chi-Tsung(Taipei,
1981) titled Drawing Studies – MAO Bodhissatva
Guanyin, Ming – Ging Dynasty, which was made filming the
work by the same name in the permanent collection, and a new commission by Sun
The works presented in the Salone Mazzonis
will also be refreshed, with the VR experience of Cave 17 of the Buddhist
temples in Tianlongshan, produced in collaboration with Studio QZR and the
University of Chicago, replaced by the statue of Buddha Seated in
Dhyānamudrā, which will be restored ‘live’ by Doneux e Soci.
Visitors will be able to watch the cleaning and restoration of the work,
learning first-hand about a process fundamental for a museum’s life that
normally takes place behind the scenes and is accessible to few.
This space will also host
the site-specific sound commission Oro — Huángjīn, the sound installation composed by Valentina Ciardelli and performed by the musical duo "The Girls in the Magnesium Dress" together with Chiu Yung Chan: an ascetic suite forguquin, double bass and harp in seven
micro movements that lead the listener through a meditative journey that
contemplates the three instruments as an ensemble but also as individual
The open nature of the exhibition and the
opportunity it offers for study of the works in the museum’s collection make
the new iteration of Buddha10also
a platform for presenting the results of the research carried out by the
Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale on a few of the Buddhist
statues on display. In recent months, this research has in fact revealed some
unexpected data that has allowed scholars to identify new possible readings of
the works on view.
Finally, the exhibition will be extended to
the Mercato Centrale, which will host Co-existence, a sound installation by Shigeru Ishihara (DJ
Scotch Egg/Scotch Rolex) curated by Chiara Lee and freddie Murphy, completed by a video by Alessandro Muner.
For the reload of the
exhibition the music public program curated by Chiara Lee and freddie Murphy
will host Miya Masaoka, Arushi Jain and Evicshen, as well as "Crossing
borders", a special performance by Shigeru Ishihara (Dj Scotch Egg/Rolex)
and Shyn Hyojin.
Thanks to our partnership
with the Istituto dei Sordi, Turin, all the exhibition content will be
available in LIS Lingua dei Segni italiana (Italian sign language) and an audio
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