Chazen Museum of Art


Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

April 21 to July 23 | Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries

Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

April 21 through July 23, 2017

Samurai: The Way of the Warrior presents a selection of more than ninety objects from one of the most important collections of Japanese arms and armor outside of Japan. The exhibition includes armor, lacquered objects, helmets, swords, sword guards, saddles, stirrups, arrows, quivers, and bows from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy.

The styles and craftsmanship of Japanese artisans on view manifest the moral, cultural, and aesthetic codes of the military class. Each object reflects the identity, taste, and status of individual owners, and together they provide an unusual perspective on one of the great antiquarian assemblages of nineteenth century Europe.

This exhibition is organized by Contemporanea Progetti SRL with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy.

This exhibition was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support provided by the Kikkoman Foods Foundation, Inc.

Free Public Programs

Thursday, April 20, 2017: Lecture and Reception

  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. Inventing the Samurai in Early Modern Japan a lecture by Dr. Michael Wert, Associate Professor of East Asian history at Marquette University with specialties in early modern and modern Japan.

  • 6:30–8 p.m. Reception with refreshments, live music, cash bar.

Thursday, May 4, 2017: Lecture

  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor, a lecture by Dr. Andreas Marks, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Japanese and Korean Art Department Head, Director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Saturday, May 6, 2017: ART•SPIN

  • 12–3 p.m. Celebrate Samurai: The Way of the Warrior with martial arts demonstrated by Soyokaze Dojo of Madison and hands-on activities. Transforming yourself into a Samurai warrior! We’ll make helmets, chest plates, and more! Mead Witter Lobby.

Thursday, May 11, 2017: Laced Medal Pendants Workshop

  • 6–8 p.m. Join local jewelry artist Alison Lesniak in the studio to make one-of-a-kind wearable art!

IMAGE ABOVE: Haruta School (Japanese) Helmet, first half of the 17th century, steel, gilded copper, lacquer, gold, wood, silk, leather, Museo Stibbert, Firenze

PREVIEW IMAGE: Omori Terumasa (Japanese 1702–1775), Sword Guard, 18th century, steel, gold, silver, Museo Stibbert, Firenze

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