Yokohama Museum of Art

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Yokohama Museum of Art

Yokohama Museum of Art (横浜美術館, Yokohama Bijutsukan), founded in 1989, is located in the futuristic Minato Mirai 21 district of the Japanese city Yokohama, next to the Yokohama Landmark Tower.[1]

The collections[edit]

The museum has works by many influential and well-known modern artists including Constantin Brâncuși, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Ossip Zadkine, and Pablo Picasso. Dadaist and Surrealist works are especially well represented.[2][3]

The museum also features work by important Japanese artists, especially those with connections to Yokohama such as Imamura Shiko, Kanzan Shimomura, and Chizuko Yoshida, as well as numerous pieces by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi.[3] Other artists whose work has appeared at the museum include Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Yasumasa Morimura and Lee Ufan[4]

Special exhibits[edit]

The building[edit]

The building which houses the Yokohama Museum of Art was designed by Kenzo Tange, the Japanese architect who won the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. The structure is described as an "attractive and spacious building " that is "airy and well-lit".[2]

The museum's main hall is 18 meters tall and is open to the second and third floors. A glass ceiling allows natural light into the space. Louvers control the light levels. It has superb acoustics, is often used for new art projects and cultural events, and is said to be a "particularly impressive" example of modern architecture.[2][10]

The building is apportioned as follows:[11]

First Floor
Second Floor
Third Floor
  • Additional galleries (include a photography gallery)
  • Art Archive Center (a quiet and spacious study room with a collection of Japanese and foreign art books, art catalogs, and art magazines; also has facilities to make photocopies and conduct on-line searches)[14]
  • Citizen's Workshop (used for lectures and study groups as well work in flat media, three-dimensional media, and printmaking)[15]

Sakuragicho Station provides to public transportation access to museum and the surrounding area by way of the Minatomirai Line and the Yokohama Municipal Subway Line.[16][17]


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Coordinates: 35°27′25″N 139°37′50″E / 35.457076°N 139.630558°E / 35.457076; 139.630558