Zen in Murakami's art: Daruma, ensō og arhat by Professor Mark Teeuwen

Astrup Fearnley Museet
Event type
Thursday Events, Lecture
Each Thursday Astrup Fearnley Museet offers free lectures and presentations featuring experts in their fields. In conjunction with the exhibition "Murakami by Murakami" we have invited Mark Teeuwen to talk about Zen in Murakami’s art.

The lecture will be conducted in Norwegian.

Zen in Murakami’s art: Daruma, ensō and arhat

What is the historical, religious and cultural background of the Zen-symbols Takashi Murakami use in his art?

In this lecture, Professor Mark Teeuwen will give an insight to the original setting that initiated the circular design (ensō), portraits of Bodhidharma (Daruma) and images of exotic “perfected person” (arhat) in Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen. Furthermore, Mr. Teeuwen will also be looking into modern times, and the position of Zen as a defining feature of Japanese culture. Does Zen infuse Japanese aesthetics? When and why was Zen identified as the essence of Japanese identity?


Mark Teeuwen is a Dutch academic and Japanologist, and is a Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Oslo. Mr. Teeuwen has written several books on Japanese religious practices, with particular focus on Shinto. He is coauthor of the book Zen, where he was in charge of the Japan Series Verdens Hellige Skrifter (De Norske Bokklubbene, 2007).
Read more about Mark Teeuwen.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Welcome!

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