“Look, it cannot be seen; listen, it cannot be heard,” said the philosopher Laozi. “Stand before it and there is no beginning. Follow it and there is no end. … Empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds.”

Whether they call it Dao or God or the ultimate mystery, people in all eras and cultures have believed in a reality beyond the one our senses detect. Artists live close to this invisible realm, which many regard as the source of creation. In RITUAL SPIRIT, they make it their subject.

In moods prayerful, cynical, curious or ecstatic, and in media from gold leaf to fluorescent lights, artists from China and Taiwan depict human interactions with the supernatural and its deities, demons, aliens and ghosts. The results are at once touching and transcendent.

Among the highlights:

  • Ishvara, Tianzhuo Chen’s over-the-top operatic rave inspired by the Bhagavad Gita
  • Mr Sea, by Geng Xue (pictured), in which exquisite porcelain figures act out a classic tale of the supernatural
  • God Comes Down to Earth, Chen Yu-Lin’s dramatic images of a folk-religious festival
  • Scripting, a high-tech ode to hidden harmonies by Luxury Logico
  • Joss, Cheng Ran’s firecracker of a video on worship and sacrifice in the consumer age
  • Ni Youyu’s Dust (Thomas Ruff: 16h 30m -50°), a “photograph” of interstellar space made entirely from chalk dust.

White Rabbit will be closed throughout August. RITUAL SPIRIT opens on Wednesday, August 30 and runs until January 2018. During the exhibition, we are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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