Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Exhibitions

Zen no Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi
  • Zen no Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi
  • 24-Jan-2004 - 14-Mar-2004
  • White Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
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This traveling exhibition features the calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi, master calligrapher and Head Abbot of Japan’s Tofuku-ji (a Zen monastery). The Roshi is well-known in Lawrence for his annual visits (since 1985) to the Spencer, but unfortunately in early December the museum received word that he would be unable to visit this March because of pressing engagements at his sub-temples; he did, however, assure that he planned to return in 2005. Regardless, his presence will be felt through this spectacular show, which includes 20 calligraphy works by the venerable Zen master, along with calligraphy by Shibayama Roshi and a rare piece done by both Shibayama Roshi and Suzuki Sensei. Together with Fukushima’s calligraphy, the exhibition thus offers a window to all three generations of bridge builders for one of the most important lineages of dharma transmission from Japan to the United States.

Organized by the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Coinciding with his annual visit in March 2004, the Spencer will show the calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi, Head Abbot of Tofuku-ji Monastery in Kyoto, Japan, and honored Zen master. The exhibition includes twenty calligraphic works by Fukushima Keido Roshi, as well as calligraphy by Shibayama Rosh, Okada Roshi, and a rare piece by both Shibayama Roshi and Suzuki Sensei. Set against Fukushima Keido’s work, is the calligraphy of three generations of Zen masters who have transmitted dharma or ideal truth from Japan to the United States.