National Museum of Asian Art Exhibition, “The Arts of Devotion”, co-curated by Professor Yukio Lippit

February 22, 2022
Portrait of a Gaofeng Yuanmiao, 1238 – 1295 Chūan Kinkō (mid-15th century) Japan, Muromachi period, 1392-1568 Ink on paper H x W (image): 58.4 x 37.4 cm Gift of Charles Lang Freer Freer Gallery of Art, F1911.317a-b

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art will exhibit the breadth of its medieval Zen ink paintings, highlighting rare and striking works from Japan and China to unveil the world of medieval Japanese monasteries. Co-curated by Professor Yukio Lippit, the Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, “Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan” tells the story of the religious tradition’s birth in China around the fifth century and its expansion to Korea, Japan and eventually the United States.

The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Freer Gallery of Art from March 5 through July 24. For more information, visit the National Museum of Asian Art website.

Image: Portrait of a Gaofeng Yuanmiao, 1238 – 1295, Chūan Kinkō (mid-15th century), Japan, Muromachi period, 1392-1568, Ink on paper H x W (image): 58.4 x 37.4 cm, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1911.317a-b