"Hakuin - Messages in Zen Art" Exhibition

Bunkamura Museum of Art

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Ekaku Hakuin (1685–1768) was a Zen monk in the Edo period recognized as the restorer of the Rinzai school of Buddhism, who also left behind ten thousand Zen paintings. 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.

This exhibition will be the first-ever full-scale Hakuin exhibition under the supervision of Professor Katsuhiro Yoshizawa of Hanazono University, a researcher of Zen history who has recently published an outstanding research book on Hakuin, and Professor Yuji Yamashita of Meiji Gakuin University, an art historian who explains the importance of Hakuin in art history of the Edo Period.

Since many of Hakuin's artworks are owned by temples and individuals, there have been few opportunities for the general public to appreciate his work. In this exhibition, approximately 100 paintings, mainly large-scale works, will be gathered together from around the country.


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From 2012-12-22 To 2013-02-24
Closed on January 1st


Ekaku Hakuin



cbliddell: (2013-01-18)

Hakuin: The sight of one hand clapping


"His artistic forte, and thus the thing that he seems to have understood best, was the figure of the eccentric and charismatic Zen master, like Bodhidharma, known in Japan as Daruma and the inspiration for the dolls of that name. There are many excellent examples at this exhibition, ranging from the cursory "One-Eyed Daruma" to a large, finely delineated scroll painting from Yomeiji Temple. This shows the sage during a legendary nine-year period of meditation spent facing a cave wall, a fact that may explain why his eyeballs are so firmly lodged in the right-hand corner of his eyes."

Read more>>http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20130117a1.html

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