Cinquante bras de Bouddha, 1997-2013
  • © ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour l’oeuvre de

    l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

     

  • © Ai Weiwei pour l’oeuvre de l’artiste ©

    ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour l’oeuvre de Huang Yong Ping.

    Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

  • © ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour l’oeuvre de

    l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

     

  • © ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour l’oeuvre de

    l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

     

  • © ADAGP, Paris 2016 - Photo Fondation

    Louis Vuitton / Félix Cornu

     

"Cinquante Bras de Bouddha" (“Buddha’s Fifty Arms”) (1997-2013) reinvents the Buddha with a thousand hands from Buddhist iconography.

While the original inspiration for the sculpture came when the artist visited the church of St. Ludgeri in Münster, where an armless crucifix bears the inscription “I have no arms other than yours," Cinquante Bras de Bouddha (“Buddha’s Fifty Arms”) (1997-2013) reinvents the Buddha with a thousand hands from Buddhist iconography. Using a metal structure based on Marcel Duchamp’s Bottle Rack (1914), moulded and sculpted arms in clay and resin hold objects borrowed from the iconography of the goddess Guan Yin, such as the rosary (meditation), the bow (intuition), the bell (wisdom), the ritual sceptre (action and compassion), the Samsara wheel (cycle of reincarnations), the arrow and the ritual sword of the young Buddha Siddharta, the stupa (a structure that symbolises the figure of Buddha), the lotus flower (purity) and peacock feathers (evoking the eyes of the goddess). Combining symbolic and domestic objects (broom, spade, etc.) in a synthesis between East and West, past and present, the piece suggests a contemporary vision of a world in a constant state of renewal.
Interview of the artist
The artist Huang Yong Ping comments his work "Fifty Arms of Buddha" evoking the "Bottle Holder" of Marcel Duchamp and the goddess Guan Yin.
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Huang Yong Ping

Born in 1954, in Xiamen (China)
Lives and works in Ivry-sur-Seine (France)

A major figure of the Chinese avant-garde and the founder of the Xiamen Dada movement in 1986, Huang Yong Ping rose to international prominence through the "Magiciens de la Terre" exhibition held in Paris in 1989. 

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Installation of "Fifty Arms of Buddha" in the gallery 10.