Buddha’s Smile

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia. Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 19 September 2016. Friday 02 June 2017 to Sunday 08 October 2017.

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Buddha’s Smile introduces the story of Buddha in his multitude of incarnations and Buddhist inspired artwork from the NGV Collection and selected private Melbourne collections. Focusing on the tranquillity and silent transmission of Buddhist philosophy through the simple gesture of a smile, the exhibition presents the unique styles and mediums used to create Buddhist art throughout Asia.

Sculpture, textiles, paintings, scripts, prints and devotional objects displayed in thematic sections explore Buddha’s numerous incarnations, Zen philosophy, Buddhist costume, religious symbolism, painting conventions, and historical narratives. Buddha’s Smile initiates new dialogues between a diverse variety of Asian artwork and illuminates Buddhist ideas in a new and visually intriguing manner.

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/buddhas-smile