The Grand Sengai Exhibition

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

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The Edo-period monk Sengai was known for using humor to spread Zen teachings. While several of his famous Zen paintings, including “Meditating Frog,” “Hotei(Budai) pointing at the Moon,” and “◯△□ (The Universe),” incorporate shapes and symbols to explain the soul of Zen, not all of his surviving works are so formally instructive. Others featuring frogs, children, kappas, and the birth of Buddha, in ink painting, displayed here can aptly be described as “cute.” The first major Sengai retrospective in 30 years displays 132 works from the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, the Fukuoka Art Museum, and the School of retters, Kyushu University – the three major Sengai collections. A rare colored work, “Octopus,” is shown in Tokyo for the first time.


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from October 01, 2016 to November 13, 2016



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