The Golden Legend Art Exhibition

All that glitters is gold at the Miyagi Museum of Art

By Justin Velgus    - 2 min read

Just the right balance of rarity, softness to mold yet hardness to last, and that unmistakable shine. Humanity has been obsessed with gold throughout history and throughout civilizations. More than just a commodity, gold is a legend in itself. That is the theme of a new exhibit at the Miyagi Museum of Art. The "Golden Legend" introduces visitors to not only some of the world's oldest golden artifacts, but surely some of its most aesthetically spectacular. Highlights include amazingly detailed earrings and jewelry, relics from a tomb of an ancient king, and miniature figures of humans, animals, and deities.

The focus of the exhibition traces the origins of the golden civilization that flourished around the Mediterranean area – Greece, Thrace, Etruria and Rome. The world's oldest gold items date back to over 1,500 years ago from the Bulgarian city of Varna on the Black Sea coast, yet they have been restored to their original brilliant glory. Complementing the extensive special exhibit, which fills the top floor and two gallery rooms of the museum, are paintings and pottery retelling the mythological events of gold throughout history. Famous examples include Gustav Klimt's Life is a Struggle (Golden Rider) (1903) and Herbert James Draper's The Golden Fleece (ca.1904).

Exhibition info

Date: January 22–March 6, 2016
Admission: Adult 1500 yen, College students 1300 yen, Students 800 yen
Time: Open every day 9:30-17:00, closed Mondays
Access: 5 minute walk from Kokusai Center subway station

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.

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Param Pon 5 years ago
Super intrested! will check if i can manage!
Justin Velgus Author 5 years ago
Yes, it was really cool. There were 22 kilograms of gold buried with an ancient king on display!
Victoria Vlisides 5 years ago
Super interested in gold and this. :) Thanks
Justin Velgus Author 5 years ago
Yes, it is a real treat! My pleasure^^