Exhibition by Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
PAINTING ENLIGHTENMENT(May 8, 2021 – September 19, 2021)
“Painting Enlightenment: Experiencing Wisdom and Compassion through Art and Science”, features works by Japanese scientist and artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002). Upon retiring from a career as a research biologist, Iwasaki expanded his own practice of copying sacred texts, called shyakyō – a form of devotion with a long history in Japan. In his unique process, instead of separating the verses written into vertical blocks, he reconfigures them into images such as DNA, lightning bolts, bubbles, atoms and ants. He created this artistic practice to express the intricate relationship between science and Buddhism. The resulting paintings create a contemplative journey and meditations on the interconnectedness of the universe.