Come, Look, Laugh! – The Artistic World of Sengai

Eisei-Bunko Museum

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The Buddhist monk Gibon Sengai (1750–1837) of Shofukuji Temple in Fukuoka created humorous paintings illustrating the principles of Zen Buddhism for the masses. He remains a beloved figure to this day. Although a little known fact, the Zen painting collection of Eisei-Bunko Museum founder Moritatsu Hosokawa, which focuses on the works of Hakuin, in fact contains more than 100 examples of calligraphy and painting by Sengai.

Under the direction of Fukuoka Art Museum director Kiichiro Nakayama, the Eisei-Bunko Museum now presents a fresh look at all of the Sengai works in its collection in a four-part exhibition. Sengai’s world of Zen painting is accessible in its straight-forward expressions and gentle sweetness combined with deft brushstrokes, while also deeply reflective of Sengai’s original Zen philosophy. Each work on display is accompanied by short and enjoyable comments explaining Sengai’s spirit of Zen that resonated with so many. Korean tea ware, Asian ceramics and incense cases, and ink stones and other writing instruments used and loved by Sengai are also displayed.

Part 1: 10/15–11/06
Part 2: 11/08–11/27
Part 3: 11/29–12/25
Part 4: 1/07–1/29
*Exhibited works will be alternated.

[Related Event]
Lecture “Welcome to the World of Sengai”
Speakers: Kiichiro Nakayama (Fukuoka Museum of Art Director) and Mari Hashimoto (Eisei-Bunko Museum Director)
Date: Nov. 5 (Sat) 14:30–16:00
Venue: Shin-Edogawa Garden Shoseikaku Hall (1-1-22 Mejirodai, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo)
Admission: 1000 yen
Reservations: Please call 03-3941-0850 from Oct. 22 (10:00). First-come basis.
In Japanese. Please see the official website for details.

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from October 15, 2016 to January 29, 2017

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Gibon Sengai

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