Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
October 10, 2013 – January 26, 2014
3 rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris
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Since 2003, the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has undertaken a progressive exhibition style entitled “History of History,” in which he juxtaposes his own photographic artworks with works from his private collection. This exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent sheds light on the differing aspects of Sugimoto’s artistic focus and, most specifically, on the rise of Buddhism in Japan, and its decline, caused by the numerous beliefs and religions assimilated by the Japanese culture through the ages.

Sugimoto’s personal collection includes ancient objects and antique artworks, sometimes of museum-quality significance, as well as artefacts used as spatial filling, such as photographs of the space, medical books dating from the 18th century, Time magazines dating from the Second World War, meteorite fragments, fossils etc.

For Accelerated Buddha, Sugimoto presents pieces such as an 11-sided statue of the goddess Kannon (Heian period, 10-11th century), a fragment of Hôryûji textile (Nara Period, 8th century), a painting on silk by Monju Bosatsu, a national treasure from the Kamakura Period (13th century), a Gyôdô mask from the Heian Period (12th century) and a Rembrandt engraving (17th century), as well as objects enhanced and sometimes reinvented by a contemporary artistic gesture juxtaposed alongside the traces of history.