Museum & Gallery Guide 2017 August

Museum & Gallery Guide 2017 August

  1. ■Downtown area
    ●Dohjidai Gallery of Art
    A contemporary art gallery located in the liveliest area in the center of downtown featuring a wide variety of art forms and artists
    Closed: Mon.
    ●Kyoto Art Center
    Promoting arts in a comprehensive way by a collaboration between the city of Kyoto, artists and other people related to art
    A wide range of art & performing arts events are held every month
    Quiet cafe/bar on the 1st floor
    Tel: 075-213-1000
    ●The Museum of Kyoto
    Kyoto art and craft masterworks, film and theatre exhibits, Kyoto archaeological artifacts, local crafts and more
    Until Sept. 18: PARIS MAGNUM:
    To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Magnum Photos Foundation, approx.
    130 photographic works will be exhibited featuring Paris
    Quality shops,restaurants and cafe
    10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30), until 19:30 on Fri.
    Closed: Mon.
    Tel: 075-222-0888
    ●Kyoto International Manga Museum
    Japan’s only museum featuring the world of manga
    A collection of more than 300,000 manga and related materials
    10:00-18:00 (until 17:30 at themuseum)
    Closed: Wed.
    Contemporary art galleryintroducing a variety of artists
    Closed: Sun. & Mon.
    On the east side of Tominokoji, north of Takatsuji
    ■Gion area
    ●eN arts
    A fine contemporary art gallery in Maruyama Park
    Open only Fri., Sat., Sun.
    Tel:075- 525-2355
    ●Yasui Kompira Ema Museum
    An extraordinary collection of ema, a common form of hand-painted wooden shrine votive prayer tablet
    Closed: Mon. & the end of the year
    ●Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
    A fantastic private museum with four serene floors of wonderful Japanese paintings, a few exquisite works of sculpture, and a tea ceremony room facing a rooftop moss garden
    Until Sept. 24: Rosanjin Kitaoji Exhibition
    Approx. 100 works by Rosanjin Kitaoji (1883-1959), the modern Japanese genius of art (calligraphy, pottery, carving, paintings, etc.) and gourmet
    10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30)
    Closed: Mon.
    ■Heian Shrine area
    ●Hosomi Museum
    Excellent private collections mainly featuring Rimpa artists and Japanese decorative arts such as makie, lacquerware, tea bowls, etc.
    Until Aug. 20: Fabrics Tracing Passageways – Textiles from the SAITO Collection
    Ancient fabrics from China, gorgeous and decorative woven fabrics from Kyoto and a selection from the valuable fabric collection of Gion Saito, the long-established kimono merchant
    Fine museum shop, cafe & restaurant
    10:00-18:00(enter by 17:30)
    Closed: Mon.
    ●Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
    A comprehensive exhibition featuring a wide range of art works (Japanese-style painting, Western-style painting, crafts, sculpture, prints and calligraphy)
    9:00-17:00(enter by 16:30)
    Closed: Mon.
    ●Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
    Exhibits and information related to all of Kyoto’s craft traditions including educational videos and a small library Guidance available in English, Chinese and Korean
    Traditional Craft Demonstrations: Visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work
    Free of charge
    Tel: 075-762-2670
    ●Mori Yu Gallery Kyoto
    Featuring pop culture and contemporary art
    Closed: Mon., Tues. & national holidays
    Tel: 075-950-5230
    ●Namikawa Cloisonné Museum of Kyoto
    Namikawa Yasuyuki(1845-1927) was the greatest Japanese modern master of cloisonné (enamelware)
    Set in an extraordinary old building built in 1894
    Closed Mon., Thurs., summer & winter holidaly weeks
    Tel: 075-752-3277 (only Japanese spoken)
    The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
    Selected works including Japanese paintings, Western paintings, prints,sculpture, crafts (ceramics, textiles, metal works,wood and bamboo works, lacquers and jewelry)and photography in the Collection Gallery
    Until Aug. 6:Mastery of an Art
    Van Cleef & Arpels – High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts
    Focusing on fine Japanese and French craftsmanship,showcases beautiful works that are products of artistic mastery¥1,500
    9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30)
    Closed: Mon.
    Tel: 075-761-4111

  2. Gozan-no Okuribi fire ritual represented by beautiful tie-dye techniques; Kyoto Shibori Museum

    ■Imperial Palace area
    ●Horino Memorial Museum
    Formerly the residence of the founder of Kinshi Masamune (one of Japan's most respected sake producers), visitors can
    see how sake is made and enjoy the taste of freshly brewed sake
    11:00-17:00 (beer hall:11:30-21:00)
    Closed: Mon.
    ●Imura Art Gallery
    Featuring inspiring and upcoming contemporary artists; On the north side of Marutamachi, east of Kawabata
    Closed: Mon., Sun., national holidays
    Tel: 075-761-7372
    ■Kyoto Shibori Museum
    Learn traditional shibori dyeing (a Japanese tie-dye textile technique)
    Until Aug. 31:The Beauty of Shibori and Its 1300-Year
    History: A huge silk screen (2.5m x 6m) created by traditional Japanese shibori dyeing techniques with the motif of Gozan-no Okuribi(bonfires on five mountains) in Kyoto and a“Shibori Earth” object (2.5m in diameter)
    The experience takes about 90 min.
    Reservations required
    ●Raku Museum
    The museum collection consisting primarily of ceramics made by successive heads of the Raku family,
    related documents and tea utensils passed down over the generations reflecting more than 450 years of its history
    Tel: 075-414-0304
    A sophisticated gallery featuring a wide collection of pottery, ranging from those by upcoming young artists to truly
    respected artisans, as well as contemporary art works
    With authentic tea ceremony rooms
    Contemporary and sophisticated porcelain vessels and artistic objects
    Closed irregularly
    Tel: 075-212-0166
    ■North area
    ●Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum
    白沙村荘 橋本関雪記念館
    Former residence of a distinguished Kyoto artist, Kansetsu Hashimoto (1883-1945)
    The gardens are an oasis of calm and tranquility and superb art works by Kansetsu
    Nice cafe and restaurant too
    ●Nishijin Textile Center
    The center features Nishijin textiles, the kimono and obi textile arts of Kyoto
    Demonstration by real Nishijin weavers on Jacquard looms and many Nishijin textile products in the shop
    Kimono show is on almost every hour (10:00-16:00
    Tel: 075-451-9231
    ●Urasenke Chado Research Center
    This center, the headquarters of Japan’s leading tea ceremony school, regularly features exhibitions related to Chado, the Way of Tea
    Closed: Mon.
    ¥700 (Special Exhibition: ¥1,000)
    Tel: 075-431-6474
    ■Kiyomizu Temple area
    ●Kawai Kanjiro’s House
    The fascinating home and studio of the mingei (Japanese folk craft) potter/designer, Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966)
    Fine example of sophisticated Japanese old house with climbing kilns
    Closed: Mon. & Aug. 12-21
    Tel: 075-561-3585
    ●Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
    The first museum in Japan to build up a permanent collection of metalwork, cloisonné,makie, lacquerware and Kyoto Satsuma Ware artworks from the late Edo to the early Meiji Period (17-19th century)
    Until Aug. 13: Works by Imperial Household Artists “Makie”
    Elaborate collection featuring decorative makie art works created by special artists who were appointed by the Imperial family
    Closed: Mon. & Tues.
    Tel: 075-532-4270
    ●Kodaiji Sho Museum
    Many priceless pieces of artistic makie (lacquer ware sprinkled with gold or silver powder) possessed by Kodai-ji Temple and historical artifacts
    9:30-18:00 (until 21:30 during Kodai-ji Temple’s nighttime opening)
    ¥300 (¥600 for combination ticket with Kodai-ji Temple)
    Tel: 075-561-1414
    ●Memorial Museum of Kondo Yuzo
    Ceramic works by Kondo Yuzo (1902-1985), a Living National Treasure known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings¥500
    Closed Wed.

  3. ■Kyoto Station area
    ●Kyoto National Museum
    The museum collects and preserves venerable works of art and archaeological artifacts from Japan as well as other Asian countries
    Until Sept. 3: Aquarium at the Kyoto National Museum
    What Kind of Fish Can You Find?
    Organized with the Kyoto Aquarium,the exhibition provides an opportunity to explore a wide variety of aquatic life through art works
    9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30),until 20:30 on Fri. & Sat. in Aug.
    Closed Mon.
    ●Kyoto Railway Museum
    A museum featuring everything about railway culture in Japan
    53 train vehicles including 20 locomotives, the“0”Series first Shinkansen (bullet train) from 1964 and more
    Visitors can ride in passenger cars pulled by actual steam locomotives
    ¥1,200 (additional ¥300 for the steam locomotive)
    10:00-17:30 (enter by 17:00)
    Closed: Wed.
    ●Museum Eki KYOTO (7F Isetan Dept. Store)
    This small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions
    10:00-20:00 (enter by 19:30)
    Tel: 075-352-1111
    ●The Kyocera Museum of Art
    A vast collections of artwork including Pablo Picasso’s copper plate print series 347, Japanese & Western paintings, pottery, sculptures, glassart pieces, and many more works collected by Kyocera
    Admission free
    1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office
    ■Other areas
    ●Byodo-in Museum Hosho-kan
    Byodo-in Temple’s (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) museum was designed to securely house the temple’s many national
    treasures in a facility suitable for public viewing
    Also has a superb gift shop
    Tel: 0774-21-2861
    ●Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
    This museum introduces the fascinating history of sake brewing through its valuable collection of traditional brewing
    tools and other interesting exhibits related to the production of sake
    Sake tasting is included in the tour
    Closed: mid-Aug. & at the end and beginning of the year
    Tel: 075-623-2056
    ●Miho Museum
    Designed by the world-renowned architect I. M. Pei, opened in November 1997
    The museum’s stunning collection includes Japanese tea ceremony art, Buddhist art, Japanese ceramics, and masterpiece works from ancient civilizations the world over
    10:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00)
    Closed: Mon. & between exhibitions
    Tel: 0748-82-3411
    ●Sagawa Art Museum
    Amongst lush natural surroundings and with a view of Lake Biwa
    An exhibition of works by outstanding artists that embodies the spirit of Japanese art
    Ikuo Hirayama (painter), Churyo Sato (sculptor), and Kichizaemon Raku (ceramic artist)
    Closed: Mon.
    From JR Moriyama Station, take a bus and get off at Sagawa Art Museum (approx.30 min.)
    Tel: 077-585-7800

The information on this site is reprinted from the August 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.07.27