Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
The Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art (DIC川村記念美術館 DIC Kawamura Kinen Bijutsukan ) (often shortened to Kawamura Memorial Museum) is an art museum in Sakura, Japan. Founded in 1990 by Dainippon Ink & Chemicals, the collection now contains more than 1000 works.
The Museum was opened in May 1990 in order to exhibit artwork collected by the Japanese resin and ink manufacturer Dainippon Ink & Chemicals. The project was largely the brainchild of Katsumi Kawamura, the founder and first director of the museum, who had been collecting art since the 1970s.
According to DIC corporation, the museum has had a positive impact on the image of the company. At the end of the 20th century, the museum was attracting over 300,000 visitors each year. Former president Shigekuni Kawamura commented that 'customers...evaluate us highly as a cultivated, international company which is not concerned solely with its business. This is not an outcome we planned, but is a very satisfying one'.
- "About the Museum". Kawamuria Memorial DIC Museum of Art. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Martorella, Rosanne (1996). Art and Business: an international perspective on sponsorship. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 208.
- Museum homepage (in English)
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