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Nanjing installations reveal spiritual haven

Updated: 2022-01-14 15:31 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Inside the houses, there are paintings, dolls and other collectible objects by Yoshitomo Nara. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Yoshitomo Nara, a representative figure of Japanese contemporary art, enjoys great admiration from young fans who adore the signature protagonist of his works, a girl with big round eyes.

Drawing inspiration from his childhood, his interest in children's books and experiences of living in different cultures, Nara lends his characters a psychological depth that resonates with the loneliness and rebellious tendency of younger generations.

Two of Nara's iconic installations, Not Everything But/Green House and Not Everything But/Orange House, are on long-term display at Deji Art Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

The two works each feature a playhouse with a cone-shaped roof in green or orange. Inside the houses, standing at 6.7 and 4.7 meters respectively, there are paintings, dolls and other collectible objects by Nara to provide clues to his ideas and concepts of creation.

Entering the houses, people will find themselves in a fantasy land with no distinction between dreams and reality.

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