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Every city should have an art gallery like BankArt1929. Located portside in Yokohama, it is an imposing structure housed in the gutted and renovated former Dai-ichi Bank Building, and stands as Yokohama's commitment to all things artsy - local, national and international. As part of the Landmark Project III, the goal of which is to revitalize the dormant potential of the area's old structures, the BankArt project is a wonderful success. Minimalist on the inside, BankArt covers the gamut from installations to exhibits, performances and gastronomy of all kinds, offering a smattering of arts books, as well as a cozy café. When in Yokohama, drop in and take a peek for free - you can bank on this place!
Nearly 5,000 pieces from the 20th century are housed in this striking museum building designed by Kenzo Tange. Photographers, surrealists and artists with ties to Yokohama are well represented here. Included are works of Cezanne, Mapplethorpe, Picasso, Leger and Bacon. Facilities include a museum shop, art library, lecture hall and a French restaurant.
Sogo Museum of Art aims to contribute to Japan's cultural development, with the amazing collection of paintings that it displays. The mediums are multifaceted, and the beautifully expressive paintings revoke emotions out of the viewers that were otherwise veiled. Sogo Museum should be visited to glance at the wondrous world of fine art, and to experience its effect on you.
Presenting the works of a national icon, the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art is dedicated to share the works of the avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto, whose paintings and sculptures have been cherished by people worldwide. There is a permanent collection of the artist, as well as temporary collections portraying some rather rare works. See the website to know more.