Black Robe White Mist: the art of Rengetsu

Black Robe White Mist

This item was contributed by Gerry Jacobson

HaikuOz poets may well be interested in the exhibition Black Robe White Mist at the National Gallery of Australia. It is the art of Rengetsu (Lotus Moon) who was a 19th century waka poet, Buddhist nun, calligrapher, potter and painter. Many of her beautiful poems are inscribed on pottery and scroll paintings. It's on at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra until 27 January. The published catalogue of the exhibition is itself a notable addition to the literature in english with many new translations of her poems. There are associated events at the gallery such as talks, tea ceremony, ikebana demonstration, calligraphy workshop, concert, over the next couple of months.