Chamber of Otherworldly Delights
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The title “Chamber of Otherworldly Delights” is a tribute to Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”, a painting with themes of sin, pleasure, religion, demons, and creatures filled with hidden images demanding the spectator’s attention to detail. It is a splendidly wild and imaginative work, and contains all the characteristics of this exhibition, which also deals with motifs of religion, sin, creatures, and perversion. The substitution of the word “chamber” for “garden” refers to the urbanity of Tokyo and the boundaries of the gallery space, which can be seen as chambers— the opposite of an open-air garden— and perhaps the industrial, minimalist character of the exhibition space designed by Tadao Ando, which contains this show of alluring and “monstrous” creatures. The organizers also replaced the world “otherworldly” with “earthly” because the world of this exhibition is not the world of Bosch, which is Christian, but artists’ own anonymous worlds formed from a quilt of different elements all mixed together, including the folkloric, mythological, Semitic, pagan, eastern, and western. Like Bosch’s world, however, it is celebrates beauty, corruption, the physical, and the spiritual.