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The Art of ZEN: From Mind to Form

The Art of ZEN: From Mind to Form / Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries   October 18, 2016 (Tue) - November 27, 2016 (Sun)

  
Bodhidharma (Daruma), By Hakuin Ekaku, Edo period, 18th century (Lent by Manju-ji Temple, Oita)

Ink painting and chanoyu (the tea ceremony) were brought from China to Japan along with Zen Buddhism, and later grew into the central components of Japanese culture. This exhibition shows treasured objects brought together from the main and branch temples of the Rinzai and Obaku sects of Zen Buddhism in order to examine the history, art, and culture of Zen. Through Zen treasures such as portraits and the writings of high priests, Buddhist statues and paintings, decorative art objects, and wall paintings, the exhibition explores the roles that these artworks have played in Japanese culture.

Highlights of the Exhibition

General Information

Highlights of the Exhibition

 

 

Chapter 1 The Formation of Zen

This section features objects and artworks depicting the words, deeds and portraits of Bodhidharma, Huike, Huineng, Linji and other founding fathers. These show how Zen developed as a sect in China based on teachings transmitted from India.
 

Eka
Huike (Eka) Offering His Arm to Bodhidharma (Daruma)
By Sesshu Toyo
Muromachi period, dated 1496
National Treasure
Sainen-ji Temple, Aichi
[on exhibit from November 8, 2016]
 

 

Rinzai Gigen
Portrait of Linji Yixuan (Rinzai Gigen)
Attributed to Soga Jasoku; Inscription by Ikkyu Sojun
Muromachi period, 15th century
Important Cultural Property
Shinju-an Temple, Kyoto
[on exhibit through November 6, 2016]
 

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 Chapter 2 The Introduction and Development of Rinzai Zen Buddhism

This section charts the introduction and development of the Rinzai Zen Buddhism in Japan. It does so by introducing objects and artworks associated with the founders of the various branches of Rinzai and Obaku Zen schools.
 

Bujun Shipan
Portrait of Wuzhun Shifan (Bujun Shipan) (detail)
Inscription by Wuzhun Shifan (Bujun Shipan)
Southern Song dynasty, China, dated 1238
National Treasure
Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto
[on exhibit from November 8, 2016]
 
Rankei Doryu
Seated Figure of Lanqi Daolong (Rankei Doryu)
Kamakura period, 13th century
Important Cultural Property Kencho-ji Temple, Kanagawa
 

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Chapter 3 Generals in the Warring States Period and Zen Priests in the Early Modern Era

This section displays portraits of Warring State generals and Zen priests alongside works by representative priests from the early modern period. In doing so, it traces the spread of Zen Buddhism throughout Japan.

 

Daruma
Bodhidharma (Daruma)
By Hakuin Ekaku
Edo period, 18th century
Manju-ji Temple, Oita
 

 

Portrait of Oda Nobunaga
Portrait of Oda Nobunaga
By Kano Eitoku
Azuchi-Momoyama period, dated 1584
Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto
[on exhibit through November 6, 2016]
 
Cherry Blossom Viewing
Cherry Blossom Viewing
By Sengai Gibon
Edo period, 19th century
[on exhibit from November 8, 2016]
 

 

 

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Chapter 4 The Deities of Zen Buddhism

This section uses Buddhist statues, paintings and sutras to provide an insight into religious life in Zen temples.
 

Hokan Shaka Nyorai
Seated Jeweled Crown Shakyamuni (Hokan Shaka Nyorai) and Attendants
By Inkitsu, Inko, and Injun
Nanbokucho period, dated 1352
Important Cultural Property
Hoko-ji Temple, Shizuoka
 

 

Ragora Sonja
Rahula (Ragora Sonja) from a Set of the Seated Eighteen Arhats (detail)
By Fan Daosheng (Han Dosei)
Edo period, dated 1664
Manpuku-ji Temple, Kyoto

 

 
 

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Chapter 5 The Spread of Zen Culture

To conclude this exhibition, examples of calligraphy and decorative art will be used to illustrate the impact of Zen Buddhism on Japanese culture.
 

Flowers and Birds of the Four
Seasons

Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons (from a Set of Panel Paintings for the Hojo [abbot’s chamber] at Daisen-in Temple)(detail)
By Kano Motonobu
Muromachi period, dated 1513
Important Cultural Property
Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto
[on exhibit from November 8, 2016]

 

Tigers
Tigers (from a Set of Panel Paintings for the Ko-hojo [small abbot’s chamber] of the Honbo [main living quarters] at Nanzen-ji Temple) (detail)
By Kano Tan’yu
Edo period, 17th century
Important Cultural Property
Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto
[on exhibit through November 6, 2016]
 

 

Ryo Dohin
Lu Dongbin (Ryo Dohin)(detail)
By Sesson Shukei
Muromachi period, 16th century
Important Cultural Property
The Museum Yamato Bunkakan, Nara
[on exhibit from November 8, 2016]
Tea Bowl

Tea Bowl, Yuteki (Oil Spot) Tenmoku Type
Jian ware
Southern Song dynasty, China, 12th–13th century
National Treasure
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

 
Kasugai
Celadon Glazed Flower-shaped Bowl, Known as “Kasugai”
Longquan ware
Southern Song dynasty, China, 13th century
Maspro Art Museum, Aichi
 

 

Lacquer Tray
Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Tray with Camelia and Paired Long-tailed Bird Design
Yuan dynasty, China, 14th century
Important Cultural Property
Korin-in Temple, Kyoto
[on exhibit through November 6, 2016]
 

 

Catching a Catfish with a Gourd
Catching a Catfish with a Gourd(detail)
By Taiko Josetsu; Inscriptions by Daigaku Shusu and thirty other monks
Muromachi period, 15th century
National Treasure
Taizo-in Temple, Kyoto
[on exhibit from November 8, 2016]

 

 

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Related Events

Heiseikan Auditorium  October 21, 2016 (Fri) - October 23, 2016 (Sun)   13:00 - 16:15   RESERVE_FINISH
<Lectures>   Zen Art
Heiseikan Auditorium  October 29, 2016 (Sat) RESERVE_FINISH
Heiseikan Auditorium  November 3, 2016 (Thu)   13:30 - 15:00   TICKET_SALE_FINISH
Honkan B1 Education Room  October 25, 2016 (Tue)   14:00 - 14:30   RESERVE_DAY

General Information

Period Tuesday, October 18 - Sunday, November 27, 2016
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Fridays until 20:00
Oct. 22, Nov. 3 and 5 until 20:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays
Admission Adults: 1600 (1400/1300) yen
University students: 1200 (1000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
* Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from August 29 to October 17, 2016.

Advance pair tickets End of sales
Advance pair tickets (2200yen) will be on sale Exhibition Website and major ticketing agencies from  July 11 to August 28, 2016.
*

Special exhibition The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga (Tuesday, September 13 - Sunday, December 11, 2016, Hokan Room T5) requires a separate admission fee.

Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, the Joint Council for Rinzai and Obaku Zen, Nikkei Inc., BS Japan Corporation
With the Sponsorship of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Toray Industries Inc., TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION., Nissha Printing Co., Ltd., Rolex Japan
With the Cooperation of DAIKO ELECTRIC CO., LTD., MITSUBISHI RAYON CO., LTD.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website http://zen.exhn.jp/ (In Japanese)
The website has closed with the end of the exhibition.

 

Related Events

Heiseikan Auditorium  October 21, 2016 (Fri) - October 23, 2016 (Sun)   13:00 - 16:15   RESERVE_FINISH
<Lectures>   Zen Art
Heiseikan Auditorium  October 29, 2016 (Sat) RESERVE_FINISH
Heiseikan Auditorium  November 3, 2016 (Thu)   13:30 - 15:00   TICKET_SALE_FINISH
Honkan B1 Education Room  October 25, 2016 (Tue)   14:00 - 14:30   RESERVE_DAY