Special Exhibitions

Art & Power: From Pharaohs to Daimyōs. Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

April 16 (Thu) – July 5 (Sun), 2020

This exhibition has been cancelled.

In every age, rulers have used the power of art to display and maintain their power. Portrait paintings exuding an aura of majesty reinforced their authority, while the elaborately contrived narrative of such paintings underscored its legitimacy. Exquisite craftworks also embellished the court and played a role in diplomatic affairs. The magnificence of these works by master painters and craftsmen continue to enthrall viewers, even now. Many powerful men and women passionately enjoyed art, patronized great artists, and collected valuable works. The collections they built became the foundations of today’s well-known museums. This exhibition will feature some 60 artworks from Egypt, Europe, India, China, Japan, and other regions. Through them, it will examine the original function of the artworks we see and admire, and retrospect the history of art’s relationship with power.



April 16 (Thu) – July 5 (Sun), 2020
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays (Open the Mondays of May 4, June 29)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays, May 20, June 17 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,400 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800

Tickets at the door |
General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000

Group tickets |
General ¥1,400 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800
※Group rates - 20 or more people

  • ※Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
  • ※In each case, please show identification
Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Nippon Television Network Corporation, BS Nippon Corporation, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Supported by
Embassy of the United States of America
Sponsored by
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Wynn Resorts
Cooperation with
JAPAN AIRLINES, Nippon Express Co., Ltd., East Japan Railway Company, CS Nippon Corporation, RF RADIO NIPPON CO., LTD., Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc., TOKYO MX, Television Kanagawa Inc.
Special Cooperation with
NTV Europe B.V.


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