Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

Date: Tuesday September 23, 2014, at 7 pm
Location: Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Admission: Free. Reservation required

Focusing on the Zen masterpiece The Gourd and the Catfish (ca. 1413), this lecture by Professor Yukio Lippit considers the ways in which the work uses new modes of artistic representation to pictorialize the nonsensical nature of Zen "koans"—riddles or paradoxical statements that demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning.

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