It’s time to send-off another wonderful exhibition. For all of us, the fourteen week run of Lords of the Samurai has felt remarkably short. Compared to the years of work that go into organizing an exhibition of this scale, and the centuries of history represented by the works within, these few weeks are but an instant.
Over the past week we’ve been busy packing up the show. This is always a process of carefully controlled chaos. On average, breaking down an exhibition takes less than half as long as putting it up. With another show to immediately follow, it’s a tight schedule and one with little room for delays.
The deinstallation process involves museum staff, representatives from lending institutions, and additional art handlers and packers. In just a few days the Samurai team deinstalled, condition checked, and packed more than 160 objects for their return to Japan. It’s was quite an effort.
With artwork safely out of the way, preparation crews are busy retrofitting the galleries for Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma. At the same time, other exhibition staff are busy planning the installation of our 2010 exhibition, Shanghai. We move quickly from one exhibition to the next, but I think that even through this haze of new activity, we will remember Samurai with a special fondness.
While all exhibitions are special, this one in particular has been among the hightest attended shows in the museum’s history. So A huge thank you to to the tens of thousands of visitors who have helped make Lords of the Samurai a resounding success, and to the staff and partners who worked to make this exhibition possible.
Goodbye Samurai, and safe travels home.
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