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03/05/2019 - 06/16/2019
New York (NY)

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

Tosa Mitsuoki. Portrait-Icon of Murasaki Shikibu (detail). 17th century. Ishiyamadera Temple.
Courtesy of Ishiyamadera Temple, photo by Kanai Morio.

Time & Location

March 5 – June 16
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)


A groundbreaking exhibition inspired by Japan’s most celebrated work of literature will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bringing together more than 120 works from numerous public and private collections in Japan and the U.S., this exhibition explores the tale’s continuing influence on Japanese art since its creation. Related events, including performances, lectures and symposiums, will be held to help gain a deeper understanding of The Tale of Genji tradition that spans more than a millennium. Co-organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Japan Foundation, the exhibition is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

For more information on the exhibition, please click here.

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Related Event

Artist on Artworks – Yamato Waki
June 8, 2 PM

Acclaimed manga artist Yamato Waki speaks about her artistic process and one of her most popular works, The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn (Genji Monogatari: Asaki yumemishi), a manga version of the celebrated 11th-century tale. The conversation is hosted by Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University and co-curator of the exhibition. Space is limited and advance registration is required to this free lecture. Please register here.

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