Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

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The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto is an art museum in Kyoto, Japan.This Kyoto museum is also known by the English acronym MoMAK (National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto).HistoryThe National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto was initially created as the Annex Museum of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. MoMAK was established on its present site on March 1, 1963. Its building, formerly the auxiliary building of the Kyoto Municipal Exhibition Hall for Industrial Affairs, was transferred from Kyoto City to the National Museum after restoration. On June 1, 1967, the Kyoto Annex Museum officially became the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. Seventeen years later, the old building was dismantled and the present building, designed by Fumihiko Maki was completed.The museum was opened to the public on October 26, 1986, with 9,761.99 m² total floor area and 2,604.94 m² exhibition area.MoMAK collectionsMoMAK is a national institution devoted to the collection and preservation of artworks and related reference materials of the twentieth century in Japan and other parts of the world. Particular *emphasis is placed on artists or artistic movements in Kyoto and the Kansai area (the western region of Japan), such as Japanese-style paintings of the Kyoto School.The gallery exhibits selected works of Japanese-style painting (nihonga), Western-style painting (yōga), prints, sculpture, crafts (ceramics, textiles, metalworks, wood and bamboo works, lacquers and jewelry) and photography from the museum collection, rotating the works on display approximately twenty times a year. Outstanding and monumental works of modern art in Japan, as well as modern and contemporary European and American art are also exhibited.
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  • Although my husband and I spent four days in Kyoto recently, I have a hard time remembering exactly what we saw at the museum here. It was kind of … underwhelming. The architecture of the building was...  more »
  • I visited from Tokyo and watched the Turkish Treasure Exhibition. The craft on the poster was bigger than I had imagined and i was surprised. I was so engrossed in Ottoman dramas that I watched them very interestingly.
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  • This museum has three floors of exhibition space, a small shop, and a cafe. The view from the third floor to the mountains is excellent. During my visit the exhibits included the permanent collection and a special exhibition of art and design in Vienna. The first floor has lots of space for relaxing and prove watching.
  • A quaint museum which takes approximately 30 minutes to go through properly, stopping and reading at every painting / print. Worth it depending on the installment at the time!
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