• PHIL AKASHI IN MOMA TALKS

    posted by Studio Phil Akashi on Thursday, August 15, 2013

    In honor of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday yesterday, I wanted to post a beautiful work by an artist I came across who pays homage to this great man. Shanghai-based artist Phil Akashi made a work called Tribute to Nelson Mandela, in which he painted a monumental portrait of the international hero from 27,000 punches on a wall using the Chinese characters 自由/“Freedom.

    According to the artist: “This artwork exemplifies Nelson Mandela’s 27 years of incarceration but also symbolize his lifelong brave stand for freedom and equality. Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary artist of peace. He sacrificed his own freedom to fight for the freedom of others and therefore represents a fantastic source of inspiration for the entire world.” Phil Akashi (artist’s website). 

    Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela! May you continue to recover and find strength.

    Sarah Kennedy, Associate Educator, MoMA Studio Lab Programs


    Phil Akashi - MoMATALKS 2013

    Mandela - Phil Akashi 2 #the seal artist

    Phil Akashi Tribute to Mandela 





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  • SCULPTURE “RESISTANCE” AT THE LONG MUSEUM, WEST BUND, SHANGHAI @philakashi uses an analogy to explore and question the themes of political corruption and abuse of power. The sculpture represents the imprint of the Seal of the Mandate of Heaven - the most powerful seal ever carved for Emperor Kangxi, the longest-reigning monarch of China. The seal bears an inscription “Jingtian Qinmin ” which means "Revere heaven and serve the people”. This was symbolic of Kangxi’s legitimacy as it attests to the ancient Chinese philosophy that heaven grants authority to an emperor if he serves his people virtuously. “Jingtian Qinmin ” was one of the guiding principles of the Chinese imperial system #belgianartist #chinesesealscript #languages #crosscultural #thelongmuseum #westbund #philakashi #belgianart #eastmeetswest #sculpture #thelongmuseumshanghai #thelongmuseumwestbund

  • SCULPTURE “RESISTANCE” AT THE LONG MUSEUM, WEST BUND, SHANGHAI @philakashi The sculpture represents the imprint of the Seal of the Mandate of Heaven - the most powerful seal ever carved for Emperor Kangxi, the longest-reigning monarch of China. The seal bears an inscription “Jingtian Qinmin ” which means "Revere heaven and serve the people”. This was symbolic of Kangxi’s legitimacy as it attests to the ancient Chinese philosophy that heaven grants authority to an emperor if he serves his people virtuously. “Jingtian Qinmin ” was one of the guiding principles of the Chinese imperial system. @philakashi uses an analogy to explore and question the themes of political corruption and abuse of power. #belgianartist #chinesesealscript #languages #crosscultural #thelongmuseum #westbund #philakashi #belgianart #eastmeetswest #sculpture #thelongmuseumshanghai #thelongmuseumwestbund

  • SCULPTURE “RESISTANCE” AT THE LONG MUSEUM, WEST BUND, SHANGHAI . @philakashi uses an analogy to explore and question the themes of political corruption and abuse of power. #belgianartist #chinesesealscript #languages #crosscultural #thelongmuseum #westbund #philakashi #belgianart #eastmeetswest #sculpture #thelongmuseumshanghai #thelongmuseumwestbund

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