Tuesday May 21, 2019
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The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art

exterior of the CMA building

Exclusively in Cleveland: second rotation of exhibition opens Thursday, May 23


Seated Tenjin, 1261. Kamakura period (1185–1333). Wood with pigments; h. 83.5 cm. Egara Tenjinsha, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. Important Cultural Property. Photo: Nara National Museum

Cleveland (May 21, 2019) – The second rotation of the internationally accclaimed special exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art opens Thursday, May 23, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Nearly half of the works on view during the first rotation will be replaced with entirely new works for the second rotation. 

A major international loan exhibition of great importance and exclusive to Cleveland, Shinto is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art with the special cooperation of the Nara National Museum.

In different media—calligraphy, painting, sculpture, costume and decorative arts—assembled from Japanese and American museums, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, the exhibition features artworks that are an expression of the everyday engagement of people with divinities in their midst. The exhibition includes treasures never before seen outside Japan and a significant number of works designated as Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government. These works may be shown for no more than several weeks each year to help preserve the artwork. Because of this and the light sensitivity of other works on view, the exhibition has two rotations. 

Tickets purchased during the first rotation (April 9–May 19) can be redeemed to view the second rotation for free. Ticket holders should present their original tickets or order confirmation receipt on-site to redeem. CMA members see it for free and do not need to present their previous ticket for entry.

To become a member, to verify, renew or upgrade your membership level, or to confirm log-in information, go to cma.org/members or call the ticket center at 216-421-7350.

Ticket Pricing

Adults $10, seniors and college students $8, adult group rate $7, children 6–17 and member guests $5, children 5 and under and CMA members free.

Groups of 10 or more may secure tickets at the discounted rate of $7 per adult. Call the ticket center at 216-421-7350 or email groupsales@clevelandart.org for more information.

The museum recommends reserving tickets through its online platform by visiting cma.org/exhibitions. Tickets can also be reserved by phone at 216-421-7350 or at the museum’s ticket center. Advance sales are highly recommended.  

For more information about Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art, view the press kit here.  

The Cleveland Museum of Art is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays.

Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art with the special cooperation of the Nara National Museum.

The Cleveland Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges:

Presenting Sponsors

Dr. Hiroyuki and Mrs. Mikiko Fujita

Quality Electrodynamics

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

Supporting Sponsors

Art Works | National Endowment for the Arts

This exhibition was organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with the special support of the Japan Foundation as part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the United States throughout 2019.

Japan Foundation

Japan–United States Friendship Commission 

Kenneth S. and Deborah G. Cohen

John D. Proctor Foundation

Thomas & Beatrice Taplin Fund

Additional Support

Blakemore Foundation

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund

Iwashimizu Hachimangū Jinja

Samukawa Jinja  

Miyajidake Jinja  

Contact the Museum's Media Relations Team:
(216) 707-2261