ISSHO-NI / TOMO-NI (re-creating pure wisdom, Together!)
PROJECT NIO-MON is the next step in a successful project ISSHO-NI/ TOMO-NI (2018/2019), in which the imposing Temple Guards from the Rijksmuseum RETURNED to the place where they stood for 700 years: the gateway (Niōmon) on the road to the famous Iwayaji Temple in Yokota, Shimane Province, Japan.
The project began in 2015 with a journey from Amsterdam to Yokota, and a ‘THANK YOU’ to the gate by artist Jikke van Loon.
In 2018 and 2019, the two temple guards were "re-created" by hundreds of participants in the Netherlands and Japan. Each participant painted a Delft blue tile that together formed four man-sized tableaus. On 23 November 2019, these tableaus were festively unveiled and welcomed by the community in Yokota. The temple guards were back and able to resume their duties. Issho-ni / Tomo-ni was a community-art project: a collaborative project with debates, workshops and tours that addressed various themes such as: authenticity, ownership, relocation of the sculptures from their original context to the white-cube in the Rijksmuseum. The aim was to make us aware of and to create insight into different frames of thinking, realities and 'systems' by which we act and feel - in order to create understanding, to widen our scope.
The Niōzo were re-created in four life-size, 2.25 metres-high Delft Blue tile tableaux. Each of the 540 tiles had been hand painted by people in the Netherlands and Japan. The two temple guardians were not only literally brought back to Yokota, but by 'doing, together' it generated optimal involvement with 'Niō-ness'
The Delft Blue Niozo, 540 Delftware tiles, 2,25 m x 1,35 m each side.