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Japan Statuary and Sacred Sites - Musée des Arts Asiatiques, Nice, France, 2018

From January 17th to May 28th 2018

An exhibition about the personal project of the photographer : Statuary and Sacred Sites of Japan.

The selection of photographs will bring the visitors into the world of temples and shrines from the 8th Century until today.

A journey on the routes of the Shikoku pilgrimage, in Kii Mountain, Mount Koya, Kyoto and many other sacred places around the 47 prefectures of Japan.

Opening and Lecture :

January 20th 2018, 4:30 pm

Musée départemental

des Arts asiatiques

405 promenade des Anglais


Opening hours :

Everyday 10am - 5pm

Closed on Tuesday and May 1st.

Tel: +33(0)4


"For the past decade, photographer Olivier Robert has been exploring the 47 prefectures of Japan, uncovering sacred sites and their statuary. The exhibition retraces the two aspects of his project. The first is dedicated to the influence of humans on the landscape, particularly through the symbols of the Shinto religion. The second focuses on the statuary of the Buddhist pantheon, with some of the photographed statues, hidden from the public eye, being rare treasures.

The mysterious atmosphere of the images, heightened by the nuanced values of black and white prints, transforms documentary photography into a meditative image, engaging the viewer on a journey into the sacred.

Olivier Robert is a professional photographer and landscape architect. Born in Belgium, he divides his life between Europe and Japan. His approach has been based on minimalist monochrome expression for over 25 years. His photographs have been regularly exhibited and published, notably in Switzerland, France, Japan, the United States, Korea, and Iran. His work has also received several international awards and has been praised by the specialized press."

Musée des Arts asiatiques, press release, January 2018.

Press contact : Julie Moziyan +33 (0)4 97 18 62 06

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