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金沢21世紀美術館 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Culture / Art / History (Art museums / Galleries)
  • Around Kanazawa
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  • ClosedExhibition zone: Monday (It's the next day in case of a holiday), New Year Holidays, Exchange zone:New Year Holidays

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District
Around Kanazawa
Address
1-2-1, Hirosaka, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0962, Japan
Category
  • Culture / Art / History (Art museums / Galleries)
Opening Hours
[Exhibition zone] 10:00-18:00 (Friday and Saturday are to 20:00); [Exchange zone] 9:00-22:00
Closed
Exhibition zone: Monday (It's the next day in case of a holiday), New Year Holidays, Exchange zone:New Year Holidays
Website
http://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/
Tel.
+81-76-220-2800
Date of post:2015/07/03

One of the most outstanding modern and contemporary art gallery in Japan

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is renowned as one of the most successful museum in Japan since it has opened in 2004. The museum was designed by the Pritzker Prize laureates of Japanese architectural firm SANAA; Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa.

The shape of the building is circle for multiway access and also glasses are in heavy usage for brightness and openness because of the concept of the museum; the museum where is available to everyone whenever they want like a park.

The collection features works of contemporary art since 1980 and works of artists who have connection with Kanazawa. There are a variety of events, educational programmes and community exhibitions throughout the year for people to experiment, create and innovate through art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

As for access and facilities at the museum, there are 4 main entrances to the museum and also they welcome guide dogs, partner dogs and hearing dogs in the museum. The museum provides disabled visitors with accessible and wheelchair-friendly too. There are fully accessible toilets, baby care rooms, storage lockers (you need to pay a ¥100 deposit but can be reimbursed to you when you open the locker again), café and shop are attached. And they offer free Wi-Fi.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is in central Kanazawa and you can make a nice tour around the museum to see Kenroku-en (the famous traditional Japanese garden), Kanazawa Castle Park, Naga-machi Buke-yashiki (samurai resident) District and so on.

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Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa 920-8509
Tel: +81 (0)76 220 2800
HP: http://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/

Opening hours
Exhibition Zone: Sunday - Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 / Friday - Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Public Zone: 9:00 - 22:00
Closed Monday (Exhibition Zone only) and 29 December - 1 January

Admission
Free entry, except for Exhibition Zone.

Getting there
By Bus
- Route Bus: About 10 min from the Kenroku-en Exit Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station. Get off at "Hirosaka / 21st Century Museum".
- Joka-machi Kanazawa Syuyu Bus (Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus): About 20 min from the Kenroku-en Exit Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station. Get off at "Hirosaka / 21st Century Museum".
- Kenroku-en Shuttle Bus (Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus): About 10 min from the Kenroku-en Exit Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station. Get off at "Hirosaka / 21st Century Museum".
- Machi Bus (Bus services limited to weekends and holidays): About 20 min from the Kenroku-en Exit Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station. Get off at "21st Century Museum / Kenroku-en".

By Taxi
About 10 min from Kanazawa Station.

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Date of post:2015/07/03

Let's stroll casually first. We must find something new in Kanazawa

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Kanazawa is a city where we can see many historic places actually. And also, we can feel positive atmosphere about something new. It is a little similar to Kyoto.

This museum is located next to Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art. This area seems to symbolize both old and new aspects of this city.

Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet train) opened on March, 2015. The time between Tokyo and Kanazawa by train was shortened from almost four hours to two and a half hours. Kanazawa seems to be changing rapidly. On May, Unesco Creative Cities Network Meeting 2015 took place in Kanazawa. And, many events are taking place these days. With these trends, the role of this museum might be increased.

The atmosphere of the museum is fresh and casual. It is because this museum was also planned as a public park and easy to access for any people. Actually, we can see young and old people are strolling around the museum. And, some people are drinking and talking in the museum cafe.

The museum building is designed by a team, SANAA, which consists of a male architect, a female architect and associates. And, they were awarded The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.
And, this museum focuses architecture, contemporary art and industrial art in recent years.

There are some permanent exhibitions. And, we can see some of them with no charge. "Color Active House", "Swimming Pool" and "Blue Planet Sky", these works are popular and free. (As for the pool to see from both above and under, we can only see from above without payment.) And, we can enter a museum library, a kid's studio and some gallery spaces freely.

In the current exhibition space, we need to pay an entrance fee and some permanent works of art are in the area. When I visited this time, an exhibition, "In our time: Art in post-industrial Japan" was taking place. There were many installations. And, some discussion seemed to be taking place. So, contemporary art seems to be active in Kanazawa.
Actually, contemporary art need a lot of space to create and exhibit. It might be a favorable thing in a little provincial area. It has some free atmosphere.
Anyway, for the future, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa must be one of remarkable places in Japan.

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