Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection

July 17–October 20, 2019

The first exhibition at BAMPFA to present the unique art form of Japanese Zen-inspired calligraphy, Meditation in Motion features important works by Chinese Ōbaku monks who immigrated to Japan, as well as writings by Japanese monks who expanded on their examples.

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  • calligraphy by Tetsugen Doko

    Tetsugen Doko: Ōbaku Zen calligraphy, two large characters in cursive style, 17th century; ink on paper; 12 x 18 in., mount: 44 x 23 in.; BAMPFA, promised gift of Stuart Katz.

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  • calligraphy by Tetsugen Doko
    Saturday, October 12, 11:30 AM–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Silvery Waves Pile 1,000 Layers High

    Inspired by works of Zen calligraphy in Meditation in Motion, explore ways of drawing words to visually express their meaning and create fragments of poetry in response to works of art.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)


  • calligraphy by Tetsugen Doko
    Sunday, September 8, 3 PM

    Meditation with Movement

    Experience the exhibition Meditation in Motion in a new way, entering into deep contemplation of an individual artwork through slow physical movement. Workshop led by Stephen Holtzman.

  • Sunday, July 28, 3 PM

    East Asian Calligraphy Workshop

    Master calligrapher and painter Kazuaki Tanahashi presents a lecture-demonstration on the history and techniques of brush calligraphy, followed by a hands-on workshop.

  • Jon Soriano
    Wednesday, July 17, noon

    Gallery Talk: Jon Soriano on Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection

    A discussion of the relationship between Zen Buddhism and calligraphy in Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection.