February 27, 2020

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A gigantic Buddha: Xu Zhen’s sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria

A gigantic Buddha: Xu Zhen’s sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria is currently installing one of its largest works – a monumental 16m long Buddha, by artist Xu Zhen.

The work has been specially commissioned for the blockbuster summer exhibition, the inaugural NGV Triennial, a free show, taking over the entire gallery and featuring the world’s best art and design.

Weighing approximately 15 tonnes, Xu Zhen’s 18m long sculpture features a 16m replica of a famous reclining Buddha statue adorned with 3D scanned and cast Greco-Roman, Renaissance and Neoclassical sculptures, fusing together Eastern and Western cultural heritages to break down boundaries.

The sculpture comprises over 20 sections that have been meticulously pieced together by staff from Xu Zhen’s studio. Fifteen white statues are then lifted by crane and positioned on top of the reclining Buddha.

Occurring every three years, the NGV Triennial is a free, gallery-wide exhibition of contemporary art, design and architecture that features the work of more than 100 artists and designers from around the world.

 

Top Image: Eternity Buddha in Nirvana by Xu Zhen, Photo by Eugene Hyland.

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