Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

158days to

REOPENING

2020.3.21

Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

158days to

REOPENING

2020.3.21

March 21, 2020
A New Chapter in Kyoto’s History of Culture and Art

The Museum opened in 1933 as the Kyoto Enthronement Memorial Museum of

Art in Kyoto’s Okazaki district,

itself an expression of the city’s modern trends at the time.

The establishment of the Museum owes much to the generous support of many local citizens.

The Museum opened in 1933 as the Kyoto Enthronement Memorial Museum of Art in Kyoto’s Okazaki district, itself an expression of the city’s modern trends at the time. The establishment of the Museum owes much to the generous support of many local citizens.

キャプション

It was renamed the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art after World War II.

As Japan’s oldest pubic art museum that is housed in its original architecture,

its classical visage standing against the backdrop of

Higashiyama has been highly appreciated for 85 years.

It was renamed the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art after World War II. As Japan’s oldest pubic art museum that is housed in its original architecture, its classical visage standing against the backdrop of Higashiyama has been highly appreciated for 85 years.

キャプション

The innovative concepts of two leading Japanese architects,

Aoki Jun and Nishizawa Tezzo, for the Museum

renewal project introduced new designs while preserving original elements,

thus allowing for a fusion of old and new to create a fresh image for the Museum.

We invite you to enjoy the new Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art.

The innovative concepts of two leading Japanese architects, Aoki Jun and Nishizawa Tezzo, for the Museum renewal project introduced new designs while preserving original elements, thus allowing for a fusion of old and new to create a fresh image for the Museum.

We invite you to enjoy the new Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art.

Since 1933

HISTORY 1933-2015

1933

1933

Kyoto Enthronement Memorial Museum of Art opens. The two-storey Imperial Crown Style steel-framed reinforced concrete structure was built with support from Kansai business and art sectors, and Kyoto citizens to commemorate the 1928 enthronement ceremonies.

1934

The Kyoto Enthronement Memorial Museum of Art Exhibition, with many works donated by the Committee for the Celebration of the Enthronement.

1935

1935

The 1st Art Exhibition (Shiten), sponsored by the city of Kyoto and organized through open submissions of the general public.

1944

Museum activities continue, despite conditions of World War II. After direct air raids to Japan, some of the Museum collection is evacuated to Daikaku-ji Temple and other places on the outskirts of Kyoto.

1945

The war ends during the 9th Exhibition of Works by Local Artists and the Permanent Collection.
The 1st Kyoto Municipal Art Exhibition (Kyoten) is held shortly after the end of the war.

1946

1946

Occupation forces requisition the Museum site, including the main building; the large exhibition hall is used as a basketball court.

1952

The Museum is derequisitioned, renamed “Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art”, resumes activities. The Kyoto Masterpiece Exhibition in Commemoration of the Museum Re-opening is held, featuring major works by 10 Kyoto artists.

1955

The Museum hosts the French Art from the Louvre Museum traveling exhibition as its first large international exhibit.

1957

Kyoto Independent Exhibition sponsored by the city of Kyoto for young artists (continues until 1991).

1963

Retrospective Exhibition of the Society for Creation of National Painting

1964

1964

Venus de Milo Exhibition attracts more than 890,000 visitors.

1965

Tutankhamun Exhibition attracts more than 1.07 million visitors, breaking the previous record for attendance (according to updated figures).

1967

Art Handcraft in Kyoto: The Past Hundred Years of Development

1971

A new storage facility for the collection is completed.
Nine Excellent Japanese-style Painters in Kyoto exhibition.

1972

Kyoto Biennale 1972 (2nd in 1973; 3rd in 1976).

1987

1987

Modern Trend Japanese-Style Painting and Crafts in Kyoto

1989

Inauguration of the Artists in Kyoto exhibition (continues 28 iterations, until 2008)

1991

Modern Craftwork in Kyoto 1945-1970

2000

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Annex opened.

2003

70th Anniversary Celebration: Favorites and Memories

2006

Asai Chu and the Kansai Bijutsuin

2013

80th anniversary special exhibitions: The Story of Shiten and Kyoten Municipal Exhibition and Drawings and Sketches of Takeuchi Seiho.

2015

2015

Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 (with annexes at the Museum of Kyoto and 7 other locations in Kyoto).

Renewal Planning 2014-2018

2014

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Future Plan formulated on the occasion of the Museum’s 80th anniversary.

2014

2015

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Basic Redevelopment Plan formulated.
Jun Aoki & Associates and Tezzo Nishizawa Architects are selected among 19 applicants in the open competition for proposals for the basic design.

2015

2017

Naming rights offered to promote the redevelopment project. Kyocera Corporation concludes a ¥5 billion 50 year naming rights contract.
The Museum is temporarily closed for repair and expansion.

2017

2018

January 2018
Construction work begins.

2018

Now 2019

2019 End of October
Completion of the construction. Various pre-opening events.

2019Now

2020

2020 March 21
Museum reopens to public.

2020

From 2020 onwards

From 2020 onwards

Museum designed by Aoki Jun and Nishizawa Tezzo will be unvailed

Aoki Jun

Architect. Born in 1956 in Yokohama. Completed the University of Tokyo Master’s Degree Program in the Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering. After working at Arata Isozaki & Associates, he established his own practice, Jun Aoki & Associates, in 1991. Representative works include: “Mamihara Bridge” (Kumamoto Landscape Award), “S” (Yoshioka Award), “Fukushima Lagoon Museum” (Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), “Louis Vuitton Omotesando” (BCS Award), “Aomori Museum of Art,” “Omiyamae Gymnasium,” and “Miyoshi City Hall, Kiriri.” Aoki’s activities traverse various genres, including design in a broad range of architecture categories such as public buildings, commercial buildings, and private houses, as well as creation of art installations. He was awarded the Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists in 2005. http://www.aokijun.com

Nishizawa Tezzo

Architect. Born in 1974 in Kyoto. Graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts Fine Arts Department. After working in Jun Aoki & Associates established his own practice in 2007. Representative works include: “Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza store renovation,” and “Aomori Museum of Art” (at Jun Aoki & Associates), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Collection Gallery renovation, and the “Hachinohe City Museum of Art.” His activities also include housing construction and renovation, as well as a number of art exhibition designs, including Waiting for Video, Paul Klee, Re: Play (all at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo). http://tezzonishizawa.com

Concept by Aoki Jun

Highlights

New Activities
for a Renewed Museum

Feature 01

Higashiyama Cube
– highlighting contemporary expression

A serious exhibition space for contemporary art in Kyoto, equipped with state of the art technology to handle the diverse forms of contemporary art. Contemporary art will also be shown in The Triangle on the basement floor of the Main Building, and in other spaces.

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time, Installation view at Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015, 2014. Photo by Kunihiro Shikata, courtesy of Parasophia Office.
© William Kentridge

A serious exhibition space for contemporary art in Kyoto, equipped with state of the art technology to handle the diverse forms of contemporary art. Contemporary art will also be shown in The Triangle on the basement floor of the Main Building, and in other spaces.

Feature 02

New galleries
for the permanent collection

A comprehensive exhibition of works by Kyoto artists since the beginning of the Modern period. The 1st floor South Wing will feature an ongoing seasonal rotation of selected works from the Museum collection.

Takeuchi Seiho, Posing for the First Time, 1913

A comprehensive exhibition of works by Kyoto artists since the beginning of the Modern period. The 1st floor South Wing will feature an ongoing seasonal rotation of selected works from the Museum collection.

Feature 03

New destination of relaxation
and enjoyment

The Museum features abundant open public space for a café, a museum shop, Higashiyama Cube Terrace, KYOCERA Square, a Japanese garden, etc. and possibilities for music and art events.

Images for illustration purpose only.

The Museum features abundant open public space for cafes, museum shops, Higashiyama Cube Terrace, KYOCERA Square, a Japanese garden, etc. and possibilities for music and art events.

Feature 04

Expanding museum support
for the future

The Museum will be instituting structures to expand initiatives to reach out to individuals and corporations for donations and support to assure continued operations of the Museum.

Images for illustration purpose only.

The Museum will be instituting structures to expand initiatives to reach out to individuals and corporations for donations and support to assure continued operations of the Museum.

Feature 05

Providing unique venues
for MICE *activities

The museum building provides a space where Japanese and Western, retro and contemporary can interact, a place where tradition is preserved while diverse values are incorporated in a unique Kyoto atmosphere. The definition of a museum as a place functioning for art appreciation is extended to include MICE possibilities for international conferences and social exchange.

*MICE:meeting, incentive tour, convention, and exhibition / event.

The museum building provides a space where Japanese and Western, retro and contemporary can interact, a place where tradition is preserved while diverse values are incorporated in a unique Kyoto atmosphere. The definition of a museum as a place functioning for art appreciation is extended to include MICE possibilities for international conferences and social exchange.

Layout Plan

  • 京セラスクエア

    京セラスクエア

    京セラスクエア

    Sloped open space where visitors gather and interact

  • ガラス・リボン

    New modern design, symbolizing the renewed museum

  • 東山キューブ

    東山キューブ

    A new gallery showcasing various forms of contemporary art

  • ザ・トライアングル

    ザ・トライアングル

    A space for emerging artists

  • 本館 南回廊 北回廊

    Historical space for experiencing art

  • 中央ホール

    Large multi-functional space

  • 光の広間 天の中庭

    Two courtyards newly opened to the public

See floor plan

京セラスクエア

京セラスクエア

京セラスクエア

KYOCERA Square

Sloped open space where visitors gather and interact

ガラス・リボン

Glass Ribbon

New modern design, symbolizing the renewed museum

東山キューブ

東山キューブ

Higashiyama Cube

A new gallery showcasing various forms of contemporary art

ザ・トライアングル

ザ・トライアングル

The Triangle

A space for emerging artists

本館 南回廊 北回廊

Main Building: South and North Wings

Historical space for experiencing art

中央ホール

Central Hall

Large multi-functional space

光の広間 天の中庭

Atrium and Sky Courtyard

Two courtyards newly opened to the public

Layout Plan

See floor plan

Collection

The Museum houses a comprehensive permanent collection of art by Kyoto artists, including Nihonga (Japanese-style painting), Western-style painting, sculpture, crafts, calligraphy, and prints.
Important works by Kyoto artists form the core of the collection that consists of around 3600 pieces, including works donated by artists and their families, and by collectors.
Some of these will be on permanent view following the renewal opening.

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We look forward to your support in assuring the continued development and legacy of
the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art as an important presence in Kyoto to be enjoyed by all.

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