New Samurai Exhibition To Open at DIA


DETROIT — Vistors can experience the culture of Japanese warriors with the Detroit Institute of Arts’ new exhibition, Samurai: Beyond the Sword, which is on view from March 9 to June 1.

“There has been a long fascination with Japan’s elite samurai warriors,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “The artworks in the exhibition provide a look at the various facets of samurai culture.”

Samurai: Beyond the Sword explores artworks that not only portray the samurai as fierce warriors, but also as patrons of the arts and sophisticated artists and scholars, Beal says. The artworks include helmets, face masks, paintings of Buddhist and Chinese figures along with battle scenes, and more. 

Beal says in addition to the exhibition, there will be a variety of programs to enhance visitors’ experience including artist demonstrations, live music and films.

The DIA’s Asian and Islamic Art Forum will host a special preview of the exhibition with the Consul General of Japan, Kazuyuki Katayama on March 8.  Tickets are $250 and includes a reception, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a Japanese inspired three course dinner, and valet parking.  For additional ticket infomation, visit

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