Special Exhibitions

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

April 16 (Thu) – July 5 (Sun), 2020

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
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Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Nippon Television Network Corporation, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Sponsored by
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Cooperation with
JAPAN AIRLINES, Nippon Express Co., Ltd.
Special Cooperation with
NTV Europe B.V.
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