Kishin Shinoyama
TODAIJI EXHIBITION

2018/12/22 SAT ~2019/1/15 TUE
 ※Everyday over the duration.
9:30 ~ 17:00
 ※Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

TODAIJI Cultural Center, Nara Small hall
admission free


◯About Exhibition

The origins of Todaiji lie in a temple called Kinshō-ji which was founded in 728 for the repose of the spirit of Crown Prince, son of Emperor Shōmu. The Great Buddha Image was dedicated in 752 with a ceremony. The Great Buddha Hall and the other halls had completed in 789.
These Silk Road series were achieved after he visited from Todaiji temple in Nara through Iki, Tushima in Japan to Vatican to collect detailed information, between 1981 and 1982. The works have been published as “Kishin Shinoyama Silk Road” (all 8 volumes, 1981 to 82) and to collect detailed information also as “Kishin Shinoyama Silk Road”(paperbacks, 1~3, in 1982). Recently Shinoyama returned to the limelight when he contributed to Louis Vuitton’s Fashion Eye series of photography books to be the first Japanese photographer to be featured in the series.
Never before has an exhibition used Todaiji temple itself as the venue to show Shinoyama’s photographs of the temple, the starting point for his Silk Road journey. The 7.2 meter-wide panorama panel “shino-rama” and other exhibits faithfully replicate the power of Buddha statues and architecture that exemplify the history of Japanese Buddhist art.

◯Kishin Shinoyama

Born in Tokyo in 1940. Shinoyama worked with the Light Publicity agency when he was a still a student of Nihon University College of Art. He was known by receiving APA award from Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association in 1961. He started to work as a freelancer from 1968. Within the same year, he published his first photo book “Kishin Shinoyama with 28 women” (Written by Yukio Mishima). Since then, he has published more than 300 photo works. In 1976, he held a solo exhibition at Venice Biennale. Shinoyama works actively as a photographer representing of Japan and won many awards.
Never before has an exhibition used Todaiji temple itself as the venue to show Shinoyama’s photographs of the temple, the starting point for his Silk Road journey. The 6.4 meter-wide panorama panel “shino-rama” and other exhibits faithfully replicate the power of Buddha statues and architecture that exemplify the history of Japanese Buddhist art.

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