Inspired by Buddhist beliefs introduced from India, Central Asia, and the Himalayas, Chinese devotees created and commissioned out of their own sincere faith a wealth of original, expressive images. The works exhibited include paintings as well as ink impressions (rubbings). Together, these not only represent distinct iconographies and aesthetics but also reflect the intellectual and moral values of their patrons. Images of the historical Buddha and bodhisattva appear serenely reverent, whereas those of monks (luohan) are bizarrely contorted in their ardent search for enlightenment or whimsical in their dramatization of Buddhist beliefs and legends. Finally, a procession of tribute bearers from real and imaginary lands evokes the once-confident supremacy of China’s imperial rulers to receive the outside world on their own terms.
Rahula; impression from stone slab, ink on paper; from a set of Sixteen Luohan engraved in stone; Chinese, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), tradition of Guanxiu (832-912).
1 day 44 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 14—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
See the groundbreaking exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present with special tours and late-night access. And check out live performances by Phebe Starr and Campdogzz, plus DJ sets from Shaka 23.
Attendees must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
1 day 4 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Each Thorne Miniature Room is a tiny window to a larger world.
In Drawing Rooms, see the tiny rooms scaled to life-size. Remix and decorate them with drawings, then create your own miniature space—now available in the Ryan Learning Center's Interactive Gallery.