Samurai
The splendour of japanese chivalry
20.2. — 30.5.2021

Rüstung (Nimaitachidō tōsei gusoku) Helmschale (ca. 1400) und Rüstung (18. Jh.) © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas; Photo: Brad Flowers

The samurai dominated Japan’s history for centuries. Their legends are tales of courage and discipline, loyalty and noble self-sacrifice, interwoven with betrayal, intrigue and ruthless violence. Their exquisitely wrought armour was not merely a protective covering, but also an imposing status symbol. Bucerius Kunst Forum presents the world renowned collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller’s samurai artefacts which they have built over the past 30 years. 100 objects dating from 13th to the 19th century bring the fascinating history of Japanese chivalry to life. 

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection in Harwood, Dallas and Kunsthalle München.  

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