Special Exhibitions

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

July 23 (Sat) – October 2 (Sun), 2022

In every age, rulers have used the power of art to display and maintain their might. Portrait paintings exuding an aura of majesty reinforced their authority, while the elaborately contrived narratives of such paintings underscored its legitimacy. Exquisite decorative arts also ornamented the court and played a role in diplomatic affairs. The magnificence of these works by master painters and craftsmen continues 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 many 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 reflect on the history of art’s relationship with power. Now, the long-awaited opening of this exhibition is here.

  1. 1. Some 60 artworks of all periods and cultures
    From statues and paintings to exquisite jewelry pieces, porcelain, and Noh costumes—a chance to see works closely associated with rulers of all periods and cultures, ancient to contemporary.
  2. 2. Two scroll paintings from the MFA, Boston’s Japanese arts collection
    Two masterpieces of ancient Japanese art will be displayed: Minister Kibi’s Adventures in China and scenes from the violent Heiji Rebellion in Night Attack on the Sanjō Palace, from the Illustrated Scrolls of the Events of the Heiji Era.
  3. 3. A masterpiece by a literati daimyō makes its first return to Japan
    The daimyō of Nagashima in Ise Province, Mashiyama Sessai, was skilled at painting, calligraphy, go, and tea. For this exhibition, his masterpiece Peafowls and Flowers has been restored for its first “homecoming.”




July 23 (Sat) – October 2 (Sun), 2022
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays, September 20 (Open the Mondays of August 22, 29, September 12, 19, 26)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

General ¥2,000 / College students ¥1,300 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,400

  • ※All visitors are requested to use our timed-entry online reservation system to purchase tickets. Please see our special website for details.
  • ※Visitors of high-school age and younger will be admitted free (Timed-entry reservation required).
  • ※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. (Timed-entry reservation not required).
  • ※Timed-entry reservations not required for preschoolers.
  • ※High-school and university students, seniors 65 and older, and visitors with certificates are asked to show identification.
  • ※Same-day admission time slots are available for people who cannot easily make reservations using an online play guide. However, please be advised that the pre-set number of tickets may be sold out on your arrival.
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. (DNP), TEMPUR SEALY Japan Ltd.
Cooperation with
Japan Airlines Co.,Ltd., Nippon Express Co., Ltd., CS Nippon Corporation, RF RADIO NIPPON CO., LTD., Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc., TOKYO MX, Television Kanagawa Inc.
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