The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, located in the ancient Japanese capital, is an art museum possessing a broad array of works associated with Kyoto. In the leading cultural city in Japan, really diverse artworks have been nurtured during its long history.
The museum stores and exhibits a wide variety of artworks such as ceramic artworks, dyeing artworks, metal artworks and other craftworks, including those by artists designated as living national treasures, besides Japanese paintings based on traditional techniques as well as Western-style paintings, sculptures and photos inspired by Western art. Artworks on display at the museum are replaced several times a year, allowing visitors to enjoy the diversity of artworks from a new perspective whenever they visit there.
In addition to some of these collections on display, an exhibition of Japanese “kimono” folk costumes and other works Kyoto textile-dyeing artists made from the 1960s to date is currently underway at the museum. It will be followed by an exhibition of ceramic works by prominent modern Kyoto potter Kawai Kanjiro.
Okazaki Park, where the museum is located, is one of Kyoto’s best cultural areas, dotted with museums, theaters, a library and a zoo as well as famous old shrines and temples, including Heian Jingu Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. The area, known as a popular cherry blossom-viewing spot, is best suited for taking a stroll.
Main exhibitions in spring and summer
- ”Kyoto Textiles: From the 1960s to the Present”
Techniques of “dyeing” and “weaving” as well as designs by 28 Kyoto dyeing artists from the 1960s to date are being shown through their works on display.
- ”Potter Kawai Kanjiro: Works from the Kawakatsu Collection”
The exhibition will introduce ceramic works by Kawai Kanjiro, a leading artist in the folk art “Mingei” movement in Japan.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK) was established on its present site on March 1, 1963 as The Annex Museum of The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Its building, formerly the auxiliary building of The Kyoto Municipal Exhibition Hall for Industrial Affairs, was granted from Kyoto City after restoration. On June 1, 1967, The Kyoto Annex Museum officially became The National Musuem of Modern Art, Kyoto. Seventeen years later, the old building was dismantled and the present building, designed by Mr. Fumihiko MAKI, a professor of Tokyo University, and his associates, was completed. The museum was opened to the public on October 26, 1986, with 9,761.99 m² total floor area and 2,604.94 m² exhibition area.
MoMAK is a national institution devoted to the collection and preservation of artworks and related reference materials of the twentieth century in Japan and other parts of the world. Particular emphasis is placed on artists or artistic movements in Kyoto and the Kansai area (the western region of Japan), such as Japanese-style paintings of the Kyoto School, while overviewing the mainstreams of Japanese modern art and craft movements as well as works from all over the world covering every genre of the crafts.