Thursday, August 11, 2016

2017 Frist Center Exhibition Schedule Features Buddhist Art

Crowned Buddha, Tibet, 15th–16th centuries. Mercury gilding, copper alloy, and turquoise. Newark Museum, Purchase 1920 Shelton Collection, 20.454
TENNESSEE---A 15th-century Tibetan crowned Buddha statue will be on display as part of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts' 2017 exhibition lineup. Tibet, Japan, and Korea all practice a form of esoteric or “secret” Buddhism. Called Vajrayana Buddhism, this form utilizes works of art that reveal a complex array of both human and divine figures. This exhibition showcases superlative works from the Newark Museum’s first-rate collection and will make its first appearance at the Frist Center, introducing a general audience to the dazzling aesthetics of Buddhist art and providing a basic understanding of these objects’ function within Buddhist practice.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts: "Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea" (February 10–May 7, 2017); 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN; (615)244-3340;
Jijang Bosal (Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha) and the Kings of Hell, Korea, late 19th or early 20th century, late Joseon Period (1392–1912). Colors and cloth. Newark Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden, 2001, 2001.75.1