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Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art Reopens in Spring, 2020


Introducing Renewal Project and Inaugural Exhibition Programs

Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art , formerly known by Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, is pleased to introduce the details of the renewal project and inaugural exhibition programs.


Founded in 1933, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art is known as Japan’s oldest public art museum housed in its original building, and its classical visage has been highly appreciated for 85 years.


In 2017, naming rights were offered to promote the renewal project and Kyocera Corporation concludes a 5 billion JPY 50 year naming rights contract. In proceeding the renewal project, the museum has adopted the innovative plan co-designed by two leading Japanese architects: Aoki Jun and Nishizawa Tezzo among open call proposals. It has sought to address issues related to the structure of the Main Building dating from 1933 and to be a venue meeting all requirements to function as a museum in contemporary society while preserving historical architecture. Later in April 2019, the architect Aoki Jun was appointed as director of the museum.


The New building is currently under construction and scheduled to reopen in Spring 2020 after three-year absence. It will add on several new spaces such as KYOCERA Square, a sloped open space where visitors gather and interact; Higashiyama Cube, a gallery dedicated to showcase various forms of contemporary art; The Triangle, a space for emerging artists and new galleries in the South Wing of the Main Building which is a space for the permanent collection that highlights Kyoto’s four seasons.  


>>See all aspects of the architectural plan HERE


[Inaugural Exhibition Programs]

Taking full advantage of the features and functions of these spaces, the Museum will introduce a full range of modern to contemporary art genres to enhance Kyoto’s unique culture of nurturing both tradition and innovation.


250 Years of Kyoto Art Masterpieces

           Prologue: Origins of the Collection - Mar. 21 (Sat) – Apr. 5 (Sun), 2020

           Part 1: From Edo to Meiji—Embracing Modernity - Apr. 18 (Sat) – Jun. 14 (Sun), 2020

           Part 2: From Meiji to Showa—The Golden Age of Kyoto Painting

                       Jul. 11 (Sat) – Sep. 6 (Sun), 2020

           Part 3: From Post-war to Today and to the Future - Oct. 3 (Sat) – Dec. 6 (Sun), 2020


HIROSHI SUGIMOTO - POST VITAM - Mar. 21 (Sat) – Jun. 14 (Sun), 2020

THE Doraemon Exhibition KYOTO 2020 - Jul. 4 (Sat) – Aug. 30 (Sun), 2020
ANDY WARHOL KYOTO - Sep. 19 (Sat), 2020 – Jan. 3 (Sun), 2021
Heisei Art 1989 – 2019 (provisional title) - Jan. 23 (Sat) – Apr. 11 (Sun), 2021



[Pre-Opening Events]

The Celebrating Colors! pre-opening events featuring internationally active artists will be presented in advance of the official opening. These are intended to offer experiences to enjoy different types of art and color. We expect the events to build anticipation as people ‘find their own color’ and feel a part in the Museum’s renewal. 


Pre-Opening Events: Celebrating Colors!

1. Kito Kengo installations

             ghost flowers - Dec. 21 (Sat) – May 31 (Sun), 2020 (tentative)

             untitled (hula-hoop) - Mar. 21 (Sat) – May 31 (Sun), 2020 (tentative)

2. KYOCERA Square Winter Concert - Dec. 21 (Sat), 2019

3. Main Building Illumination by Takahashi Kyota  - Starting on Dec. 21 (Sat), 2019 – 


>>See full information about the inaugural exhibition programs and pre-opening events HERE


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Press inquiries:
Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
Public Relations
Phone: +81-75-275-4271

Official Website:


[Credits and Captions]

001: Logo of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art 

002: Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art full view

003: Glass Ribbon

004 and 005: Yosa Buson, Kite and Crows, Edo Period Collection of Kitamura Museum, Important Cultural Property

006: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Glass Tea House “Mondrian” Installation view at the Palace of Versailles, 2018 ©Hiroshi Sugimoto. Architects: New Material Research Laboratory / Hiroshi Sugimoto + Tomoyuki Sakakida. Originally commissioned for LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Venice / Courtesy of Pentagram Stiftung & LE STANZE DEL VETRO

007: Takashi Murakami, Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Could Do Such a Thing, (detail) 2017 © 2017 Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©Fujiko-Pro

008: Logo of the ANDY WARHOL KYOTO

009: Takeuchi Seiho, Posing for the First Time, 1913 Important Cultural Property

010 and 011: Kito Kengo, untitled (hula-hoop), Installation view at “Kito Kengo: Multiple Star I”, Hara Museum ARC 2017 Photo: Kogure Shinya

012: Image (CG) of the illumination by Takahashi Kyota

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