Special Exhibition "Myoshinji"
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Myoshinji, a historic complex of Zen temples situated in Hanazono in the west of Kyoto City, was established in 1337 when the Cloistered Emperor Hanazono (1297 - 1348) converted his imperial villa into a temple and welcomed Kanzan Egen (posthumously known as Muso Daishi, or the Great Master Muso, 1277 - 1360).
This exhibition is held to commemorate the memorial of the founder, and many of the treasures of the temple and its affiliated temples which have influenced the Zen culture of Myoshinji will be on view. The many cultural artifacts and works of art that Myoshinji has acquired over its 650-year history as the head monastery of the Myoshinji branch are significant not only for Zen in Japan, but also invaluable in the understanding of Japanese history and culture. Works on view include calligraphic works (bokuseki) and naturalistic head portraits (chinso) of eminent priests, Chinese works (karamono) and Chinese paintings (kara-e), ornate folding-screen and sliding-door paintings from the Muromachi to Edo period, and early modern Zen paintings by Hakuin Ekaku (1685 - 1768) and other priests.
From 2009-01-20 To 2009-03-01