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National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

A hub of modern and traditional art in Kyoto established in 1963

Photo of National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan (National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, at Sakyo-ku Kyoto Japan, designed by Fumihiko Maki in 1986. 京都国立近代美術館、京都市左京区、槇文彦設計、1986年。 by Wiiii)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK) presents a comprehensive range of modern art, highlighting the rich artistic heritage of Kyoto and the Kansai region. Located in Kyoto’s cultural district, the museum is dedicated to showcasing the interplay of modern art with its traditional roots. Fumihiko Maki’s architectural design, completed in 1986, blends contemporary with traditional elements, creating a space that encourages visitors to engage with the continuum of art history.

About National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

MoMAK was initially established in 1963 and gained independent status in 1967, situated within Okazaki Park of Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward. The museum, part of Japan’s national museum system, boasts an extensive collection across various mediums—Nihonga, Yōga, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, design, and photography. It places special emphasis on the artistic contributions from the Kyoto and Kansai area.

The building, a creation of Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki, is thoughtfully designed to complement the Heian Jingu Shrine’s grand torii gate. The museum’s collection policy is centered on acquiring works of historical importance and representing a wide array of genres.

The diverse collection includes works by local artists such as Koyama Eitaro and Asai Chu, alongside pieces by international figures like Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian. Additionally, the museum houses a notable collection of Meiji period crafts, with works by Namikawa Yasuyuki and Ando Rokuzan. The museum features its holdings in several exhibitions throughout the year, offering visitors ever-changing insights into modern art.

In the nearby area are cultural landmarks such as the Kyoto Prefectural Library and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. MoMAK, positioned by the tranquil Lake Biwa Canal, provides an enriching cultural experience for its visitors.

Patrons can enjoy the permanent exhibits and seasonal presentations that delve into the evolution of Japan’s modern art scene. The museum’s café offers a serene view of the canal, perfect for contemplation.

Getting There the easiest way to reach National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

T 10

 Kyoto Tozai Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.1km)
KH 41

 Keihan Main Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)

Around National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Art Museum in Kyoto

open 9:30am - 4:30pm (varies)
closed Monday, unless a holiday (and other days)


京都国立近代美術館, 京都

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