Now on view in Contemporary Landscapes: Li Huayi are two paintings, Immortal Mountain: Pure Land Light (above) and Immortal Mountain: Passage to the Pure Land (below). Painted at the same time as two parts of the same story, they are reunited for the first time since they were made.

These remarkable works reinterpret the traditional East Asian Buddhist theme of Sukhavati, the paradise of Amitabha Buddha, as dramatically abstracted landscapes. Featured in the newly named Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Thematic Gallery, they are displayed with traditional illustrations of Sukhavati in Japanese Buddhist art from HoMA’s collection. You can use templates and digital brushes and paints to make your own virtual landscape sketches inspired by the paintings.

Immortal Mountain: Pure Land Light, 2013 Ink and color on silk Private Collection, New York (L2016-72.01)

Contemporary Landscapes: Li Huayi presents 33 artworks by the internationally-renowned artist Li Huayi. Eight years in the making, it draws from more than a dozen international collections, and includes rare early paintings and recent compositions never before seen by the public. The artist’s monumentally scaled works create immersive environments that challenge the boundaries between the inner realm of the mind and the outer world of nature, painstakingly detailed realism and visionary abstraction, and traditional technique and contemporary theory.

Li Huayi
Immortal Mountain: Passage to the Pure Land, 2013
Ink and color on silk
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Li-hui and Cathy Pan
(L2017-06.01)

Li Huayi
Immortal Mountain: Pure Land Light, 2013
Ink and color on silk
Private Collection, New York
(L2016-72.01)

8.26.2019