Yukio Lippit (Harvard University)
The term Zenga was coined in the mid 20th century to refer to paintings and calligraphies by Zen monks from the Edo period (1603-1868) through the modern era. Zenga works typically relate in some way to Zen teachings, but could also invoke auspicious symbols, folk gods, and Confucian themes. This lecture introduces the history of Zenga through an examination its two most famous practitioners, the monks Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768) and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837), showcasing examples from the Kaeru-An Collection. Hakuin and Sengai will be discussed in light of new scholarship on the historical circumstances in which Zenga emerged and developed. Consideration is also given to the history of Zenga collection in both Japan and the West.
Admission: 0 CZK / Duration: approx. 60 min. / Meeting point: at the checkout Salm Palce / Booking: at GoOut