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04/09/2019 - 06/30/2019
Cleveland (OH)

Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art

Horse Races at Kamo (right screen), c.1634-44. Edo period (1615-1868). Silding door panels remounted as a pair of six-panel folding screens, ink, color, and gold on gilded paper; image: 176.5 x 337.3 cm (each). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund, 1976.95. (rotations one and two; on view April 9-June 30)

Time & Location

April 9 – June 30
The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)


The aesthetic world of Shinto is a key feature of Japanese art. This exhibition seeks to offer insight into divinities unique to Japan and to convey their wondrous appeal through some 125 works of art from both Japanese and American collections, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, as well as masks and costumes used in Shinto rites from the 10th through 19th centuries. Some of the highlights are treasures and ritual items used in the worship of deities, including artwork related to the Kasuga Deity, the protective deity of the Fujiwara clan enshrined at Kasuga Taisha. This exhibition is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with the special support of The Japan Foundation. This exhibition is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

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