Opening - Paintings and calligraphies by Zen Master Hakuin

Hakuin (1685-1768) reinvigorated Zen painting during the eighteenth century, reaching new audiences and inventing new Zen painting subjects. He also authored new kōan, Zen riddles, the best known of which is ‘What is the sound of one hand?’ which has become a part of Western popular culture

Organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin is an exhibition devoted to his art. Hakuin Hakuin invented a new visual language for Zen, using folk and everyday subjects in addition to traditional Zen themes. His influence in both teaching and art remains unequaled in Zen today.

Until relatively recently, Hakuin's role as an artist has remained at the periphery of Japanese art history. Only in the past few years has his work begun to be included in large-scale exhibitions, collected by major museums, and featured in art surveys. For thisexhibition , 77 scrolls (67 by Hakuin himself and ten by his major pupils) were gathered from public and private Japanese and American collections.