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Idemitsu Museum of Arts is located on the 9th floor in the Teigeki building. Since its 1966 opening, the Idemitsu has earned a reputation for housing excellent ceramics, the Chinese portion of which is among the most extensive to be found in Japan. The collection also includes byobu (folding screens), lacquer, painting, Chinese bronzes, scrolls, calligraphy, and tea utensils. For study and research, representative shards from various Japanese kilns are on display in a separate room. The first museum director, Sazo Idemitsu acquired this collection over a 70-year span. In addition, the Idemitsu owns more than 400 works of the French religious and expressionist painter Georges-Henri Rouault (1871-1958).
Sueo Mizuma,which is located on the 2nd floor of the Kagura building, is a veteran of the contemporary Japanese art scene - he has been an active member since the 80s and opened his first gallery in Aoyama in 1994. Since then, his reputation has continued to grow and his gallery displays works from some of Japan's best artists - Hisashi Tenmyoya, Tomoko Konoike and Aiko Miyanaga, amongst many other illustrious names. The gallery and its team - who have garnered worldwide acclaim - have become so successful that a second gallery was opened in Beijing in 2008.
Located in the Taito-Ku area of Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art is known for its amazing collection of drawings, sculptures and paintings by European artists. Designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the architecture of the main building can be credited to renowned Swiss Architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, famously known as Le Corbusier. You can admire the great works of Monet, Cezanne, Manet, Signac and many masters that shaped the history of art. Visitors are treated to the rich artistic heritage of the West during the numerous thematic exhibitions held regularly at the museum's gallery.
Founded in 1926, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum displays a wide range of Japanese art forms in its six huge galleries. Apart from organizing exhibitions of traditional Japanese crafts, graphic design and calligraphy by contemporary Japanese artists, the museum also holds art lectures and workshops for upcoming enthusiasts. Admission prices vary as per the exhibition. For more details, check the website.
More of an exhibition hall than a museum, the National Art Center, Tokyo devotes over 14,000 square meters to beautiful artworks. The Center specializes in an ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions that concentrate on the diversity of modern and classical art. Kashiwa SATÔ, designer of the Center's theme, says the facility's focus is to promote "new, more open relationships between people and art". Other than the wondrous art installations on display, the monolithic structure itself is a real eye-grabber. With a curved, stained glass aperture, it is bound to captivate even from a distance. Overall, if you are an art connoisseur, then National Art Center is well worth your time.
Here is another businessman's collection (Kaichiro Nezu 1860-1940) which has become a first-rate museum. Well represented are traditional Japanese art works. The museum is well known for its 14th century painting of "Nachi Waterfall", its screens (the irises by Korin) and its tea ceremony ware. There is also an excellent collection of Song and Yuan Chinese dynasty paintings. The facility itself is breathtaking with plenty of trees, a small pond and traditional sculptures dotting the landscape. Overall, this museum is guaranteed to fill you with tranquility and awe.
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum is home to the works of the great artist, Taro Okamoto. Magnificent sculptures and paintings fill the museum. This Museum was his house and atelier, where he created many famous artworks. Here you can also catch a glimpse of rare manuscripts, which also hosts variety of exhibitions. His strange artworks will stimulate your creativity. For a nominal price you can learn all about this visionary artist and truly learn the meaning of abstract art.
A former head of Yamatane Securities, Taneji Yamazaki, amassed a collection of about 1,500 Meiji period paintings. Among the artists represented are Kokei Kobayashi, Kagaku Murakami, Seiho Takeuchi, Ryushi Kawabata and Hyakusui Hirafuku. The setting is modern, Japanese-style, and includes a rock garden, library and tearoom. Admission fee is applicable for visitors above 15 years of age. Handicapped visitors get a discount.
For many years this was a major venue in Japan for Indian, Egyptian, Roman, Grecian and Chinese pottery. Even with the arrival of many other museums, Seijiro Matsuoka's collection is still worth seeing. Favorites are the Chinese embellished jades and Korean celadon. The balcony overlooking the exhibits is also an attractive feature. In the Western art section, Millais, Chagall, van Dongen, Picasso and Renoir are all represented.
Designed by Henri Rapin in an art-deco style, and later turned over to the auspices of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, this pre-war mansion was built in the mid-1930s for Prince Asaka. Apart from the temporary exhibits, the house itself is worthy of a visit to admire the lovely Lalique pieces, both glass and window work. The manicured grounds are favored by picnickers. Temporary exhibits are eclectic. For example, one exhibit featured artwork produced by Japanese-Americans while incarcerated in the United States during the Second World War.
The Bankamura museum mainly focuses on exhibiting art of various forms, be it classical or contemporary art. They could at times feature a single artist's works, or have a culmination of many artists over a themed layout. They normally have 4-6 exhibitions which are held on an annual basis with four themes set in place - Western Paintings of 19th and the 20th centuries, internationally acclaimed art pieces, photography, and works of female artists. Please refer to website for fees, as admission depends on the type of exhibit.
Located in the quiet Edogawa Ward, the Sekiguchi Museum has been showing works of Hirayanagi Yoshitatsu who was one of the representative modern sculptors in Japan. After he learned about sculpture in Europe, he created his own way of modeling. Here you can see unique sculptures, as well as his woodblock paintings and drawings. This museum also has a patio, where you can enjoy tea in a relaxing atmosphere.