May 26 - Jun 11

Wisdom of Compassion: The Art and Science of Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002)

Next: Tomorrow 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Crow Collection of Asian Art


Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) was a scientist by profession, an artist by disposition, and a seeker along the Buddhist path. The artist's ink paintings on paper are literally created with characters from the sacred Heart Sutra text, a core scripture of Mahayana Buddhism expressing principles of wisdom and compassion and integrating scientific ideas and principles. Iwasaki uses Chinese characters to render the text, following a Buddhist tradition of copying texts as a form of devotion. Instead of separating the verses into traditional vertical blocks, he reconfigures lines into images drawn from science - the Big Bang, DNA, lightning bolts, stars, atoms, and a cat's eye. Iwasaki collapses distinctions between image, text, and thought to express understanding common to science and Buddhism.


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10:00 am - 9:00 pm Daily through Jun 11
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