With a sharp eye for Japanese modern art -which redefined concepts of Japanese aesthetics, spirituality, and identity through both Western and Eastern mediums with significant influence of the West-, Shihodo Gallery also pursues modern art as well as its contemporary counterparts.
Striving to discover and promote contemporary artists featuring “Eastern aesthetics” -aesthetics with an exceptional appreciation of humanities, which have classically defined East-Asian beauty-, Siddham Art from Shanghai explores modern wellbeing with roots in traditional spirituality.
Through a collaborative exploration of the similarities and differences in the nature, humanity, aesthetics, and spirituality of East Asia through modern and contemporary art, these two galleries seek to further the establishment of an East-Asian art history comparable to that of the well-studied West.
As we often find ourselves enjoying comparisons of European art within the likes of Germany, France, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy, we invite you to enjoy this comparative perspective and explore the similarities and differences of paintings from neighbouring countries and areas of East-Asia as well.
※Siddham: A medieval writing system used to introduce Buddhist texts to the far East, Siddham (also known as Bonji) was brought to Japan in the Heian-period with Esoteric Buddhism, and later became the basis for Japanese language studies.