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Main entrance of the Museum/Photo: Koroda Takeru

4 Newly Opened Art Museums in Japan That You Ought to Visit

In 2020, various art museums will be reopened after renovations in Tokyo and other parts of Japan. Here are some of the most notable museums whose re-openings are getting a lot of buzz.

Artizon Museum: Enjoy Masterpieces from the East and West (Tokyo)

The former Bridgestone Museum of Art is reopening in January 2020 as a new art museum under the name "Artizon Museum". The name of the new building was coined by combining the words "Art" and "Horizon” and expresses the museum’s desire to open new horizons to people through the experience of art. The gallery that occupies the 4th to 6th floors of the building, which is about twice as large as that of the former museum, is a space where even large art pieces and three-dimensional works can be displayed. The Artizon Museum is a remarkable museum that adopts cutting-edge IT technologies, such the Digital Collection Wall, where you can search for images and data in the collection, and audio guides that can be used by simply downloading a dedicated application.

Artizon Museum: Enjoy Masterpieces from the East and West (Tokyo)

1-7-2 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Suntory Museum of Art: Recommended for its Unique Concept (Tokyo)

The Suntory Museum of Art has been holding exhibitions and collecting works of art that focus on “Art in Life” since it first opened in 1961. Its collection of approximately 3,000 items, including a national treasure and important cultural properties, are mostly items related to the basics of life such as kimono, tableware, and stationery. Through its massive collection, you will get to feel the aesthetic sense of the Japanese people in their daily lives. The museum has been closed for renovations since November 2019, but it will finally be reopened on May 13, 2020. The first exhibition after reopening, entitled "Reopening Celebration I: ART in LIFE, LIFE and BEAUTY", will return to the basics and showcase treasures that have added color to everyday life. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to admire the museum’s precious collection.

* There will be an exhibition change during the course of the exhibition
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Accessory box with fusenryō design in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e (National treasure), Kamakura period, 13th century, Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art: Recommended for its Unique Concept (Tokyo)

Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

SOMPO Museum of Art: Admire Van Gogh’s Famous “Sunflowers” (Tokyo)

The Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, which opened in 1976 as the first high-rise museum in Japan, will relocate within the same site and open as the SOMPO Museum of Art in May 2020. The 6-story museum with impressive round, soft curves throughout the building will feature galleries from the 3rd to 5th floors. The exhibition rooms, designed around the color white, will be a space that allows visitors to get a close look at each piece of art, so they can enjoy the art museum to their heart’s content. On the 3rd floor, Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” is on permanent display as the main piece representing the museum collection.
Visit the SOMPO Museum of Art, which is set to become the newest landmark in Shinjuku.

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“Sunflowers” by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888, oil on canvas 100.5 x 76.5 cm

SOMPO Museum of Art: Admire Van Gogh’s Famous “Sunflowers” (Tokyo)

1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art: The Reopening of One of Japan’s Oldest Public Art Museums (Kyoto)

The former Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art will be reopened after renovations on April 11, 2020 as the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art. Its main building is also famous as the oldest existing public art museum in Japan. Under the series of renovations, the museum's historic main building has been preserved, and the exhibition space has been expanded to accommodate diverse art pieces. The newly built Higashiyama Cube, located next to the main building, will be equipped with the latest equipment to accommodate various exhibitions such as contemporary art, animation, and so on. The Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art is an open art museum that has ample space where visitors can relax, such as at the KYOCERA Square in front of the main entrance, in the Japanese Garden, and in the cafe, and also functions as a place for communication.

Main entrance of the Museum/Photo: Koroda Takeru

Higashiyama Cube and the Japanese Garden/Photo: Koroda Takeru

Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art: The Reopening of One of Japan’s Oldest Public Art Museums (Kyoto)

124 Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

The museums introduced here will be displaying their collections and holding special exhibitions to mark their reopening. You should take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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