Conserving Japanese Works of Art in Foreign Collections - Art of the Samurai

The exhibition Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868, on view at the Met from October 2009 through January 2010, is drawn entirely from public and private collections in Japan. The first ever exhibition to be devoted to the subject of Japanese arms and armor conservation, it evokes the life and culture of the historic Japanese samurai.

Mr. Suzuki describes the work of the Project for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas, an initiative to repair Japanese art objects in foreign collections, and has worked on many owned by the Metropolitan Museum. "These art objects have an important role as cultural ambassadors," he explains, but many have deteriorated over time. This show celebrates the conservation of Japanese art objects, presenting artworks of an exceptional quality in hopes of promoting mutual cultural respect and understanding.

Norio Suzuki, Director-General, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo; introduced by Victor Harris, Keeper Emeritus of Japanese Antiquities, British Museum, honorary librarian of The Japan Society, and author and art consultant

This Sunday at the Met is supported by the Japan Foundation.

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