Zen Mind Zen Brush: Japanese ink paintings from the Gitter-Yelen collection

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Hakuin Ekaku, Seven Gods of Good Fortune


The Gitter-Yelen Collection

The 80 works of Zen ink painting and calligraphy in this exhibition are drawn from the remarkable private collection of Dr Kurt A Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen.

Dr Gitter began the collection in the 1960s while working as a flight surgeon in the US Airforce on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The artworks have been acquired over the past 35 years.

Dr Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen established the Gitter-Yelen Foundation in 1997 as a private nonprofit organisation where interested visitors, students and scholars can research and study Japanese art and American self-taught art.

Selections from the Japanese collection are shown in rotating quarterly exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Japanese and folk art works from the Gitter-Yelen collections are regularly lent to other arts institutions.


HAKUIN Ekaku (1685–1768), Seven Gods of Good Fortune, Gitter-Yelen Collection