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In the last decades, Japan went through a deep metamorphosis. Cities like Tokyo and Kyoto are now comparable to metropolises like New York or London. The art scene was part of this transformation thanks to the various number of contemporary artist like Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama that introduced a new concept of art were technology is the protagonist. Where can we enjoy these new contemporary artists? Let’s analyse the best museum in the Japanese area. 

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Mori Art Museum 

The museum, located on top of the central Mori Tower, opened in October 2003. “The Mori Art Museum strives to be a place for enjoyment, stimulation and discussion - a place where what is important in our culture and society is openly debated, not only through the exhibitions that are shown there but also through a wide range of learning programs.” The museum aims to become one of the main platforms for regional and international contemporary artists. The expositions are famous around the world for their originality and themes. That is why since opening the Museum has received high critical acclaim. 


Mori Art Museum in Japan.

The National Art Center

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) makes a total of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, which is one of the largest in the whole country. The space host various art exhibition and activities, also thanks to its educational program. The NACT represent the heart of Japanese contemporary art. It attracts people from all over the world and provides people with opportunities to experience a different expression of creativity. The minimal and technological building was designed by the architect Kisho Kurokawa. The innovative building is made up of seven enormous column-less open space rooms, an auditorium, a library, a restaurant, a café and a museum shop.


The National Art Center Tokyo. 


Miho Museum

If you want to enjoy the abundant natural beauty of the mountains of Shigaraki the Miho Museum is the right place for you. You will experience a true sensation of joy and peace. The collection started with Mihoko Koyama, founder of the museum that opened in November 1997. With the architect, I.M. Pei, he was able to create a unique environment that promoted beauty and arts. 


Miho Museum Japan.


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 

Designed by SEJIMA Kazuyo + NISHIZAWA Ryue / SANAA, the structure has an elegant circular structure which characterises the museum. Their main objective was to create a space open to the world. A space of creativity and connection. The beautiful museum represents the cultural and artistic heart of Kanazawa, where people can freely take part in education, creation, entertainment, and communication. The transparency and the accessibility are two of the main features that characterise the structure. The architects created a clean and simple space where the artworks are the protagonist.


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Japan


Benesse Art Site Naoshima

Located the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, the Benesse Art Site for all art-related activities. On the island of Naoshima people can enjoy the latest contemporary art and architectural works immerse in a unique setting of ocean and mountain views. The three museums offer a deep opportunity for artistic appreciation. The Benesse House, created in 1992, is the heart of the site, in fact, this facility integrates hotel and museum functions. In the surrounding area, there are different artwork exhibited in open-air settings around the island. The most famous piece is Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin. If you’re visiting the island, don’t miss the Teshima Art Museum. The shape of the museum resembles a water droplet at the moment of landing is located on top of a hill, in the corner of a rice terrace that was restored in collaboration with local residents. Unique! 


Benesse Art Site Naoshima


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