Japan Museums: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 京都国立近代美術館
The Fumihiko Maki designed National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK), in Okazaki, is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.
The permanent collection has nihonga (Japanese-style painting), Western-style painting, prints, sculpture, ceramics, crafts, and photography.
Big exhibits make their way here to the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto several times a year and the permanent collection is regularly rearranged.
Artists whose work is included in the permanent Nihonga collection at MoMAK include Murakami Kagaku, Koide Narashige, Yasui Sotaro and Murayama Tomoyoshi. Work by Western artists includes paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Kurt Schwitters, Piet Mondrian and Edgar Degas.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Tel: 075 761 9617
Open: 9:30am-5:00pm (admission until 4:30pm). Extended Hours: Frequently the museum has extended hours every Friday during special and travelling exhibitions until 9pm with last admission at 8.30pm.
Access: From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station (Kyoto-eki-mae boarding area A1); Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Soshajo). Get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae. From Hankyu Karasuma Station/Kawaramachi Station or Keihan Sanjo Station Kyoto City Bus No. 5 (toward Iwakura Soshajo). Get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae. Or a five-minute walk from the Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line of the Kyoto subway.