The art of Zen from the Asian collection

Kim Hoa TRAM
(SHEN Jinhe in Chinese)
Chinese, born Vietnam 1959
arrived in Australia 1984
Awakening 2002 (detail)
ink and watercolour on paper
(1-4) 89.9 x 21.4cm (image) (each)
Lillian Ernestine Lobb Bequest, 2002.


Education Resource

This Education kit was prepared by Graham Parker and Marg Stephens, Education Officers, Education School Programs and Dr Mae Anna Pang, Exhibition Curator and Senior Curator of Asian Art, NGV International.

The exhibition The Art of Zen focuses on the art and aesthetics that were inspired by the philosophy of Zen. It draws upon material from the Asian collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, in particular the arts of China, Japan and Korea. It includes objects from the 16th Century to the 21st Century including calligraphy and painting by Zen Buddhist monks, Negoro lacquer used in Zen temples and ceramics used in the tea ceremony.

A study of Zen and its relationship to art can reveal rich rewards in a range of curriculum areas and insights into the philosophy and the practice of meditation.