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Samurai: Beyond the Sword Exhibition opens March 9; Media Preview March 6 at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Contact: Pamela Marcil  313-833-7899


The exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword opens Sunday, March 9. The exhibition provides an in-depth look at the Japan’s elite samurai, who sought balance between military and cultural pursuits. Samurai: Beyond the Sword explores artworks that project the image of the samurai not only as fierce warriors but also as patrons of the arts and sophisticated artists and scholars.

Among the artworks are helmets, masks, and paintings of legendary Buddhist and Chinese figures, as well as scenes of epic battles, shimmering Noh theatre costumes and illustrated classical literature on screen and scroll paintings. These and other objects reveal the principles of awareness and mindfulness that samurai pursued throughout their lives.

MEDIA PREVIEW Thursday, March 6, 10 a.m. RSVP to

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Institute of Arts

$16 for adults, $8 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members. Group tickets (15+) are $12 per ticket. Purchase at DIA Box Office, or 313-833-4005. There is a $3.50 charge for nonmember tickets not bought at the DIA. Tickets are timed, and advance purchase is recommended.

High-res images can be downloaded at

This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, based on the original exhibition Lethal Beauty, curated by Dr. Andreas Marks for the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, with tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. 

Birgitta Augustin, DIA associate curator and acting department head of Arts of Asia & the Islamic World, along with consultant Masako Watanabe, curated Samurai: Beyond the Sword.

In Detroit, Samurai: Beyond the Sword is generously supported by Toyota, DENSO International America, Inc., E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and Yazaki North America, Inc.

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.