Zen art is known for its elegant simplicity, embodied in the many paintings and calligraphies in this exhibit that consist of black ink on white paper or silk. With a few brushstrokes, Zen monks create expressions of enlightenment, from a simple circle to an image of Zen's Indian founder Bodhidharma.
These works from the Kagetsu An Collection show a wide range of Zen art from Japan's Edo period (1600-1868) to the twentieth century. Among these pieces are painting and calligraphy by such prominent Zen figures as Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768), Sengai Gibon (1750-1837), and Nakahara Nantenbo (1839-1925), who were both great artists and great Zen masters.
CURATED BY AND ON LOAN FROM:
Dr. John Fong
Dr. Megan Bryson
Department of Religious Studies, UTK
TEA CEREMONY SET LOANED BY:
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, Florida
Aletha and Clayton Brodine Museum Fund
Arts and Heritage Fund, Knoxville, Tennessee
UT Knoxville Ready for the World International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative