In it’s eleventh international appearance, SAMURAI: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, is on show for the first time in Germany. See SAMURAI at Kunsthalle München from February 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
The samurai dominated Japan’s history for centuries, not just as warriors but as the political elite. Their legends are tales of courage and discipline, loyalty and noble self-sacrifice – interwoven with betrayal, intrigue and ruthless violence. Exquisitely wrought in precious metals and sumptuous materials, their armor was not merely a protective covering, but also an imposing status symbol. This exhibition brings the fascinating history of Japanese chivalry to life with a magnificent array of objects.
SAMURAI has been seen around the world at: musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris; the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago, Chile; the Denver Art Museum, Denver; the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix; Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts in Las Vegas, Nev.