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Yokohama Museum of Art (Japanese: 横浜美術館), founded in 1989, is located in the futuristic Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama city next to the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Japan.[1]


The collections

The museum has works by many influential and well-known modern artists including Constantin Brâncuşi, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Jimmy Ernst, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Ossip Zadkine, and Pablo Picasso. Dadaist and Surrealist works are especially well-represented.[2][3]

The museum also features work by important Japanese artists, especially those with connections to Yokohama such as Imamura Shiko, Kanzan Shimomura, and Chizuko Yoshida.[3] Other artists whose work has appeared at the museum include Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Yasumasa Morimura and Lee Ufan[4]

Special exhibits

  • In 2008, the museum is featuring an exhibition of images from the goth subculture entitled "Goth: Reality of the Departed World". The exhibit includes features works by Avant-garde artists such as Dr Lakra and Pyuupiru.[8][9]

The building

The building which houses the Yokohama Museum of Art was designed by Kenzo Tange, the Japanese architect who won the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. The structure is described as an "attractive and spacious building " that is "airy and well-lit".[2]

The museum's main hall is 18 meters tall and is open to the second and third floors. A glass ceiling allows natural light into the space. Louvers control the light levels. It has supurb acoustics, is often used for new art projects and cultural events, and is said to be a "particularly impressive" example of modern architecture. [2][10]

The building is apportioned as follows:[11]

First Floor
Second Floor
Third Floor
  • Additional galleries (include a photography gallery)
  • Art Archive Center (a quiet and spacious study room with a collection of Japanese and foreign art art books, art catalogs, and art magazines; also has facilities to make photocopies and conduct on-line searches)[14]
  • Citizen's Workshop (used for lectures and study groups as well work in flat media, three-dimensional media, and printmaking)[15]

Sakuragicho Station provides to public transportation access to museum and the surrounding area by way of the Minatomirai Line and the Yokohama Municipal Subway Line.[16][17]


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Coordinates: 35°27′25″N 139°37′50″E / 35.457076°N 139.630558°E / 35.457076; 139.630558



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