The Art of Zen: From Mind to Form

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重要文化財 竹林猿猴図屛風 長谷川等伯筆 安土桃山時代 16世紀 京都・相国寺蔵 11%2F8~11%2F27展示
重要文化財 豊臣秀吉像 西笑承兌賛 狩野光信筆  安土桃山時代 慶長4年(1599) 愛知・宇和島伊達文化保存会蔵
重要文化財 竹林猿猴図屛風 長谷川等伯筆 安土桃山時代 1
E 唐物文琳茶入 銘「玉垣文琳」 中国・南宋時代 12~13世紀 埼玉・遠山記念館蔵 11/8~11/27展示
唐物文琳茶入 銘「玉垣文琳」 中国・南宋時代 12~13世紀 埼玉・遠山記念館蔵 11/8~11/27展示
重要文化財 夢窓疎石像 自賛 無等周位筆  南北朝時代 14世紀  京都・妙智院蔵  11%2F8~11%2F27展示

Sculptures, paintings, pottery and various other artefacts related to Zen Buddhism form the backbone of the National Museum's autumn special, which traces the impact of this strictly minimalist sect's impact on Japanese art and culture over a period of more than 800 years. Although its origins are said to reach back to sixth-century India and China, Zen first arrived in Japan during the Kamakura period (1192–1333), quickly securing the backing of the ruling classes. However, it was not until the mid-Edo era, largely through the efforts of influential priests such as Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768), that Zen was recognised among the general population. Remembering this giant of the Rinzai school, the second largest Zen grouping in Japan, 'The Art of Zen' contains a particularly noteworthy selection of Rinzai art. In total, the exhibition features more than 300 pieces – including 24 works designated as National Treasures – and is chronologically organised into five sections.

Note that some of the displays will be changed between the first (October 18-November 6) and the second (November 8-27) parts of the exhibition.


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