Advance tickets for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s next major exhibition are now available.

“Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art,” a major international loan exhibition that will be on view from April 9 to June 30, will feature a selection of rare works that possess high historic, artistic and academic value and are designated by the Japanese government as Important Cultural Properties.

Horse Race at the Kamo Shrine, 1615–50. Edo period (1615–1868). One of a pair of six-panel folding screens, ink and color on gilded paper; image: 176.5 x 337.3 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund, 1976.95.1

On view only in Cleveland, the exhibition presents artworks exemplifying Shinto, Japan’s unique belief system focused on the veneration of divine phenomena called kami. The exhibition is an expression of the everyday engagement of people with divinities in their midst. About 125 works in different media — calligraphy, painting, sculpture, costume and decorative arts — assembled from more than 20 religious institutions and museums in Japan will be featured.

The Japanese government requires works designated as Important Cultural Properties be shown for no more than several weeks each year to balance accessibility with preservation. Because of this and the sensitivity of other works on view, “Shinto” will be shown in two rotations: April 9 to May 19 and May 23 to June 30. Approximately 80 percent of the works on view during the first rotation will be replaced with new works for the second rotation. 

Kasuga Dragon Box, 1300s. Nanbokuchō period (1336–92). Lacquered wood with color; outer box: 43.3 x 52 x 44.7 cm, inner box: 37.8 x 38.6 x 37.6 cm. Nara National Museum. Important Cultural Property. Photo: Nara National Museum

Nonmember tickets purchased during the first rotation (April 9 to May 19) can be redeemed to view the second rotation for free starting on May 23. Ticket holders should present their original tickets or order confirmation receipt on site to redeem. CMA members may reserve their free tickets if their membership is current.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and college students; $7 for the adult group rate (groups of 10 or more); $5 for children ages 6 to 17 and member guests; and free for children 5 and under and CMA members free.

Kasuga Mandala Reliquary Shrine, 1479. Muromachi period (1392–1573). Lacquered wood with color; 55.6 x 39.7 x 48 cm. Tokyo National Museum. Photo: TNM Image Archives

Tickets can be reserved online at, by phone at 216-421-7350 or in person at the museum’s ticket center. Advance sales are highly recommended. Groups may secure tickets by calling the ticket center at 216-421-7350 or emailing for more information.

Seated Tenjin, 1259. Kamakura period (1185–1333). Wood with color; 94.9 x 101.5 x 68.8 cm. Yoki Tenman Jinja, Sakurai, Nara Prefecture. Important Cultural Property. Photo: Nara National Museum

Lead image: 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