Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art   京都市美術館

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The spacious lobby of the Municipal Museum of Kyoto.

The spacious lobby of the Municipal Museum of Kyoto.

The facade of the Municipal Museum of Kyoto.

The facade of the Municipal Museum of Kyoto.

Japanese Paintings of the Twentieth Century

Originally designed in 1933 to commemorate the coronation of Emperor Hirohito ceremony (1901-1989), this museum offers a permanent collection of two thousand one hundred pieces of art, including many works of Japanese painters of the early twentieth century.

The architecture at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art  is quite unusual, as it reflects a Japan inspired by the West in the early twentieth century, with its bronze roof and walls in pastel colors, the museum is one of the oldest of its kind. Kyoto was the cultural and political center of Japan until the Meiji Restoration (1868), when the capital moved to Tokyo (formerly Edo), and has remained a dedicated center for art and Japanese culture.

Located not far from Heian Jingu or the National Museum of Modern Art in the neighborhood of Okazaki, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art contains carvings, wood paintings, prints and paintings of more recent artists. Temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists are also organized. A good opportunity to learn about Japanese art movements!

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