This exhibition is absolutely stunning: with Buddhist sculptures and hanging scrolls going all the way back to the 2nd century and compiled from top-notch sources such as the Harvard Art Museums, the Sackler Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Pulitzer has really started off to an exceptional 10th season (there were even monks at the opening to talk with viewers and help explain the
pieces). With the goal of showing the wide-ranging depictions, imaginings, and understandings of Buddhism in Japan, China, India, and elsewhere, the pieces give a sense of both the permanence and the adaptation of the figure of the Buddha throughout centuries in Asia. Not only that, but the works complied by the Pulitzer for this exhibition are visually entrancing: often meant to help with mediation or evoke certain states of being, the statues and sculptures are beautifully and intricately adorned in a way that prompts wonder and awe, hundreds of years later.
“Reflections of the Buddha” continues at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts on 3716 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis MO until 10 March 2012. The Foundation is free and open Wednesdays 12-5 and Saturdays, 10-5.