2017 / Detroit: Japan Cultural Days set for Nov. 4-5 to celebrate opening of Japanese gallery

Suzuki Kiitsu “Reeds and Cranes,” 1800s, Paint and gold on silk. Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts will open its newly installed gallery of Japanese art on Saturday, Nov. 4. Traditional masterpieces will be displayed alongside contemporary objects to explore the complementary qualities of stillness and movement inherent in many Japanese artworks.

Visitors are invited to imagine the object in their original contexts and spaces, such as tea rooms, Buddhist temples and domestic rooms.


To celebrate the opening of the new galley, a major two-day event named “Japan Cultural Days” will be held with master artists, dancers, martial art practitioners, confectionery chefs, and tea masters from Japan on the weekend of Nov. 4 and 5.

Near 60 performers from Japan will interact with visitors of the events to share cultural treasures that generally can only be experienced by traveling to Japan. Cultural programs will be held at the museum’s seven venues including the Great Hall, Rivera Court, Kresge Court, and the Auditorium for major Japanese dance stages and a film screening of “Kimi no Na Wa” (Your Name.), the best film of the year 2016 in Japan.


“We are so pleased to finally open the new, permanent gallery of Japanese art at the Detroit Institute of Art with a fantastic, interactive two-day celebration of our art and culture,” says Takashi Omitsu, DIA’s Board Member and chairperson of the Japan Cultural Development, which is the main organizer of “Japan Cultural Days.”

The Japan Business Society of Detroit, which was the $3.2 million donor to the DIA’s Grand Bargain commitment in 2014, provided financial support for the gallery and is bringing in performers and master artists from Japan. The Japan Cultural Development works on behalf of the Japan Business Society of Detroit.


The Japanese gallery is the first of the Detroit museum’s Asian galleries to be reinstalled. The DIA will temporarily close the new gallery from May to November 2018 in order to install the remaining Asian art galleries.

The Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. http://www.dia.org