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Zen and the Art of Cultural Exchange at Nezu Museum
Sep 1, 2018 at 10:00 am - Oct 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm￥800.
An exhibition that celebrates cultural diversity in the face of growing anti-diversity, “Zen and the Art of Cultural Exchange” focuses on the art of traditional ink paintings and their corresponding poems by Buddhist monks. Sprung out of inspiration from their close Chinese counterparts, Japanese Buddhist monks’ literati circles first began critiquing paintings and later added poetic inscriptions, creating an artform that is as refined and rich in history as you might expect of Japanese artistry. The museum, just 10 minutes away from Omotesando Station, illuminates the history of this ancient combination, a product of cultural exchange, curiosity and artistic pioneering.