Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. A quote by Miyamoto Musashi and an image of a dragon

6 Ways to Live Like a Samurai

We hope every exhibition at the Denver Art Museum inspires visitors. With Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection we thought it would be fun to offer some ways the museum might help visitors explore aspects of samurai philosophy. See our six tips below:

1. Be Artistic

Why have a samurai exhibition at an art museum? Artistry was an incredibly important part of samurai culture. Their helmets, armor, and weapons were made not only to be effective, but also to be beautiful. The 140 pieces in Samurai are wonderful examples of Japanese art and craftsmanship.

In addition, samurai studied calligraphy, poetry, and music. Want to add more art to your own life? Look for ways to incorporate creativity and beauty into everything you do. If you need inspiration, the DAM has you covered with drop-in art and writing programs and activities in our studios. Also, families can make their own samurai helmets in the Just for Fun Center-Japan.

Armor of the Dangaedō Type
No detail was unimportant in a samurai’s preparation for battle. You can look closely at 140 objects like this at the DAM through June 5. Armor of the Dangaedō Type. Mask design attributed to Noguchi Zesai. Early Edo period, 1600s. Iron, lacquer, gold, lacing, wood, leather, fur. Photo: Gallery view by Jeff Wells.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Her favorite painting in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is called Lean.

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