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Exhibition featuring rare artwork from Japan will be on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Posted at 1:07 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 13:11:57-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Museum of Art is welcoming an exclusive exhibition straight from Japan, featuring 20 works designated as Important Cultural Properties by the Japan government.

The exhibition, Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art, features art exemplifying Shinto, which is Japan's unique belief system focused on the divine phenomena called kami. The exhibition is an expression of the everyday engagement of people with divinities in their midst, according to a release from the museum.

Inside the exhibition about 125 works in different media—from calligraphy, painting, sculpture, costume and decorative arts— are a collection of more than 20 religious institutions and museums in Japan. The art comes from the Nara National Museum in Japan and U.S. institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Most of the artwork on view during the exhibition are on view in the U.S. for the first time.

Because the Japanese government requires work designated as Important Cultural Properties be shown for no more than several weeks each year, the exhibition will be in two rotations: April 9 to May 19 and May 23 to June 30.

According to the release, around 80 percent of works on display during the first rotation will be replaced with newer works for the second rotation.

How to purchase tickets/pricing

Cleveland Museum of Art members can reserve their free ticket if their membership is current. The museum highly recommends reserving tickets here. Tickets can also be reserved by phone at 216-421-7350 or at the museum’s ticket center.

Advance tickets available beginning Feb. 20. Non-member tickets purchased during the first rotation ( April 9-May 19) can be redeemed to view the second rotation for free starting on May 23.

Adults $10, seniors and college students $8, adult group rate $7, children 6–17 and member guests $5, children 5 and under and CMA members free.