The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto is located in the lush Okazaki Park, facing the approach to Heian Shrine and the Lake Biwa Canal.
The museum has a collection of about 10,000 works of modern art, including paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, photography, design, and other diverse works from Japan and abroad. The museum especially collects and exhibits works by artists active in Kyoto and the Kansai region. The museum also holds special exhibitions four to six times a year, making it an enjoyable museum to visit as often as you like.
The musuem opened in 1963, about a decade and a half after the opening of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Kyoto City requested that considerable weight be given to the exhibition of traditional crafts, such as ceramics and dyeing and weaving, which are local industries in Kyoto. In response, the museum has been working to enrich its collection and to hold special exhibitions that focus not only on traditional crafts but also on crafts in general.
The new building, opened in 1986, of the museum is another attraction, and many students and architects visit the museum to see its architecture. The building was designed by Fumihiko Maki, one of the world's best known architects who has won the Pritzker Prize and the International Union of Architects Gold Medal.
The museum also has a café and a museum store where you can relax and enjoy your meals and sweets, and from the windows you can enjoy the view of the Grand Gate of Heian Shrine and Higashiyama, so you can appreciate the scenery as well as the art. We hope you will take advantage of the various walking products we offer when you visit.
Okai Mafu Shoten's Handwoven Linen Handkerchief
Siwa's Book Cover