Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Jin Watanabe in 1938

The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the oldest contemporary art museums in Japan.[1] The museum is in the Kita-Shinagawa district, in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo.

The building was originally built as a private mansion designed by Jin Watanabe in 1938 for the grandfather of current museum president and international collector Toshio Hara.[2][3] Designed in a Bauhaus style, it is a rare example of early Shōwa period architecture .[2] Following the war, it was used by the US and then served as the Embassy of the Philippines and the Embassy of Sri Lanka.[2] In 1979, it was converted to a museum. It underwent a major renovation in 2008, including a new lighting system designed by Shozo Toyohisa.[1]

Its permanent collection includes works by Karel Appel, Alexander Calder, Buckminster Fuller, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Surasi Kusolwong, Aiko Miyawaki, Yasumasa Morimura, Daisuke Nakayama, Maruyama Ōkyo, Jackson Pollock, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, George Rickey, Mark Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jason Teraoka, Zhou Tiehai, Lee U-Fan, Andy Warhol, and Miwa Yanagi.[1]

Its street address is: 4-7-25 Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0001.


  1. ^ a b c Museum press release 2011
  2. ^ a b c "Hara Museum of Contemporary Art". japan-experience.com. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Spontaneous Encounters & Permanent Installations - An interview with Toshio Hara & Yoko Uchida". artspacetokyo.com. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 

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Coordinates: 35°37′15.7″N 139°44′9.8″E / 35.621028°N 139.736056°E / 35.621028; 139.736056