September 12, 2023 (Tue) - December 3, 2023 (Sun)
For some time, the contemporary artist Tadanori Yokoo has been working on a series based on Hanshan and Shide, a traditional subject matter in East Asian painting. This series includes over one-hundred paintings that Yokoo created specifically for this exhibition, which will be displayed for the very first time. Hanshan and Shide were Zen poet-monks who allegedly lived during China’s Tang dynasty (618–907). They have been celebrated in both China and Japan for their erratic behavior and apparent madness — considered by some as a sign of spiritual enlightenment.
Yokoo continued to work on the series during the coronavirus pandemic and created over one-hundred paintings based on Hanshan and Shide in an atelier secluded from the mundane world, echoing these legendary figures’ transcendent lives. This series traverses various realms, weaving a dazzling tale that truly transcends space and time. The largest series in Yokoo’s career, it poses countless questions to its viewers, like a mirror that shows a different reflection every time.