The Ink Empire, contemporary Japanese calligraphy, from 21 October 2015 to 11 January 2016 to MNAAG.

The National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet and the Mainichi Shodokai Foundation are joining forces in this third edition to present to a wide audience the "art of ink" and "living" paper.

The exhibition The Ink Empire, contemporary Japanese calligraphy, welcomes the new contemporary Japanese calligraphy creations of the Mainichi Shodokai Foundation, made specifically for this occasion. For the first time will be compared the works, preserved in the French national collections, some European artists influenced by Japanese calligraphy including Henri Michaux and Brion Gysin. Heir to Chinese calligraphy introduced in Japan in the fifth century, Shodo (calligraphic) is considered one of the most prestigious visual arts. It occupies a fundamental place in the history of Japanese art, where painting, the daughter of calligraphy, requires the same mastery of the line and exalts the space.

Rigorous discipline of the body, marriage of paper and ink more or less diluted, Japanese calligraphy paradoxically appears to us as an art of the moment, where the gesture leaves no room for hesitation, no repentance is allowed. This gesture must therefore be assured, the unique feature; the harmony resulting from the mastery of these two elements. Serenity must lead the brush, translating the deepest unconscious, in connection with the senses and emotions of the Master. This integrates calligraphy into the quest for a path. It is considered the seventh martial art: the gesture resembling the free and immediate spurt of the sword, or the freedom of the arrow drawn without effort.

As part of the exhibition, master calligraphers from the Mainichi Shodokai will make public demonstrations of their art and will conduct calligraphy workshops for all audiences.

Under the high patronage of the Japanese Embassy in France


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