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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Takesada Matsutani: Yohaku

Oct 11 – Dec 21, 2019
Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The Japanese concept of yohaku no bi refers to space intentionally left blank in a work of art, an absence that brings harmony to a composition. For the prominent Zen painters of Japan, yohaku represented nothingness. These painters, including the 16th-century Japanese master Tōhaku Hasegawa, served as inspiration to the contemporary artist Takesada Matsutani, Osaka-born and Paris-based. Following Matsutani’s first major survey at Paris’s Pompidou, a selection of the artist’s work exploring yohaku through monochrome is on display at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich. —J.V.