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Zen mind, Zen brush
Japanese ink paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection

(left to right) HAKUIN Ekaku (1685-1768) Zazen Hotei; HAKUIN Ekaku (1685-1768) Lotus pond Kannon; Ito JAKUCHU (1716-1800) painting, TANGAI Musen Jozen (1693-1764) inscription, Giant Daruma; Ito JAKUCHU (1716-1800) painting, ROSHU Ensho (c1769–1789) inscription, Kanzan and Jittoku. All works from the Gitter-Yelen Collection.

The true method is no method

- Zen master Sengai Gibon 1750-1837

Simple yet profound, spontaneous yet controlled, the art of Zen Buddhism communicates the vision of Zen masters and reveals the essence of Zen.

Brimming with wit and humour and bristling with spiritual power, these intensely Japanese works of Zen ink painting and calligraphy, are immediately appealing. The exhibition, drawn from a remarkable US private collection, includes works by the greatest Zen masters of the last three centuries, with subjects ranging from fierce-looking Zen patriarchs to minimal landscapes and from intense calligraphy to whimsical depictions of Zen conundrums.

Principal sponsor
Optimal Fund Managment

17 Jun – 24 Sep 2006

$8.00 adult
$5.00 concession
$5.00 member
$5.00 student in booked school group

Upper Asian gallery