The exhibitions are world-class, focused mainly on contemporary culture, but the secret of the Mori Art Museum’s success is the location. It is a part of the phenomenally popular Roppongi Hills.
Opened in Shinagawa in 1979, the museum building was originally the private estate. With influences derived from 1930s European modernist architecture, this Western-style design is valuable in itself as a record of the early Showa era.
The seven annual temporary exhibitions feature most of the museum’s collection – which includes paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, lacquerware, wooden and bamboo craft, and textiles – on a rotation basis according to the theme.
The gallery is located in Kyoto’s Minami-ku ward, a historic area home to many temples and other landmarks such as the To-ji Buddhist temple and Nintendo’s Japan head office.
Kyoto Art Centre runs a comprehensive programme of art exhibitions alongside music and dance performances and traditional cultural shows. It operates an artist-in-residence programme for Japanese and non-native artists.
Established in 1963, the National Museum of Modern Art at Kyoto, or MOMAK as it is also known, was originally a local addition of Tokyo’s Museum of Modern Art.
Photorealists often work from photographs, which enables them to accurately reproduce portraits, landscapes, etc.
Though this experimental movement is rooted in the art of the early 21st century, it emerged as a formal movement in the 1960s and remains a major contemporary art movement today.
Like Conceptualism, Minimalism materialized in the 1960s and is still prevalent today. What sets Minimalism apart, is that its simple, abstract aesthetic invites viewers to respond to what they see—not what they think a given work of art represents.