Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Accelerated Buddha” sets ancient against the new

From "Accelerated Buddha"

Given’s Buddhism’s long history, spanning nearly 2,600 years, exhibitions of Buddhist art often guide the viewer through centuries of creative evolution and cultural influence. A Paris gallery, however, has engaged the brilliant Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto to give that strategy a new wrinkle. Accelerated Buddha at the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent sets Sugimoto’s own work against resonant antique pieces selected by the artist from his own collection. The centerpiece is “an art video of the thousand Bodhisattvas of Sanjûsangendo — a 13th century temple in Kyoto — [in which a] process of accelerated photographs makes us see the thousand Buddhas becoming a million.”

Accelerated Buddha is open now through January 26, 2014.

See more details here about the exhibition, plus a 10-image slide show of the displayed works.