Sezon Museum of Modern Art

Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa

Sezon Museum of Modern Art セゾン現代美術館

Lake Shiozawa, Karuizawa Taliesin.
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The Sezon Museum of Modern Art is a modern art museum in the elegant highland resort town of Karuizawa, about a one hour shinkansen ride from Tokyo. The museum features both modern Western and Japanese artists. The Sezon began life in 1962 in Tokyo as the Takanawa Museum, moving to its present setting in Karuizawa in 1981 and undergoing a name change in 1991.

Besides its reputation for modern art, the Sezon Museum of Modern Art can boast one of the most beautifully natural settings of any art museum, set in luxuriant, tranquil woodlands and overflowing with greenery. The elegantly laid out grounds of the Museum are pleasantly punctuated by striking sculptural objets.

Sezon Collection

The collection of the Sezon Museum of Modern Art is considered among the best of its kind in the world. The collection comprises over 500 works from Europe, the United States and Japan.

Represented here is the flow of European art from early 20th century abstractionists like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, Dadaists like Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, Surrealists like Joan Miro and Max Ernst, through to contemporary European and American luminaries such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns and Anselm Kiefer.

The Sezon Museum of Modern Art also has an extensive collection of works by post-war Japanese artists like Hisao Domoto, Keiji Usami, Shusaku Arakawa and Kazumi Nakamura, including outdoor works, such as sculptures by Isamu Noguchi.

Lake Shiozawa, Karuizawa Taliesin, Japan.
Inside the Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa ┬ęSezon Museum of Modern Art

Sezon Museum of Modern Art Special Exhibitions

The Sezon Museum of Modern Art hosts regular special exhibitions. See what's on now at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art

Sezon Museum of Modern Art Hours and Admission

The Sezon Museum of Modern Art is open for only part of the year, from about mid-April to about the end of November.
Hours: 10am-6pm, April to October; closes at 5pm in November. Closed Thursdays, except in August, and sometimes closed on other days for preparation of exhibits. Please check in advance.
Admission: 1,000 yen for adults.

Sezon Museum of Modern Art Access

Take the bus bound for Kusatsu Onsen from Karuizawa Station or Naka-Karuizawa Station (one stop west of Karuizawa Station on the Shinano Railway), and alight at the Karuizawa Sengataki Onsen bus stop. The Museum is about seven minutes walk.

Sezon Museum of Modern Art
2140 Nagakura Serigasawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Tel. 0267 46 2020
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Attractions Nearby the Sezon Museum of Modern Art

The following Karuizawa attractions are easily accessible from Sezon Museum of Modern Art:
-Sengataki Falls
-Karuizawa Yacho no Mori (Karuizawa Bird Wildlife Forest)


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