Dec 19, 2012
HAKUIN, The Hidden Messages of Zen Art, at Bunkamura (THE MUSEUM), Tokyo
22nd December, 2012 - 24th February, 2013 | at Bunkamura (THE MUSEUM), Shibuya, Tokyo
Do you know Ekaku Hakuin (1685–1768)? He was a Zen monk in the Edo period recognized as the restorer of the Rinzai school of Buddhism, who also left ten thousand Zen paintings and calligraphies that are truly fascinating. These works, used by Hakuin to educate the public during his lifetime, are highly regarded by some researchers and collectors, although he is not generally considered to be famous in the world of art.
Since many of Hakuin's works are owned by Buddhist temples and individuals, there have been few opportunities for the general public to appreciate his works. In this exhibition, approximately 100 pieces, mainly large-scale works, will be gathered together from around the country. We hope the message that Hakuin wanted to spread through his Zen paintings and calligraphies will be delivered to people today’s world, as he transcends time and space with his impressive daruma, humorous hotei, merciful kannon images, and bold calligraphies.
# For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/index.html