Kitano Museum of Art

The Kitano Museum of Art (北野美術館, Kitano Bijutsukan), which opened in 1968 as the first private art museum in Nagano Prefecture,[2] is today run by a public interest incorporated foundation, in the Wakaho district, in the southeastern section of Nagano in Nagano Prefecture. [3] The museum is located next to the Yushimatenmangu Shrine, a branch of Yushima Tenman-gū which was founded in 458 in Bunkyō in Tokyo. The entrance to the museum is through the Yushimatenmangu Shrine. The museum includes a Japanese garden by Mirei Shigemori, a notable 20th century modern landscape architect, that was completed in 1965.[4]

Kitano Museum of Art
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Kitano Art Museum, Nagano (city)
Kitano Museum of Art is located in Nagano, Nagano
Kitano Museum of Art
Location within Nagano, Nagano
Established1968[1]
Location7963-2 Wakahowatauchi Nagano Nagano 381-0101 Japan
Coordinates36°37′04″N 138°15′10″E / 36.617722°N 138.252778°E / 36.617722; 138.252778
TypeArt museum
Websitekitano-museum.or.jp/en/
The entrance to Yushimatenmangu Shrine and Kitano Museum of Art.
Yushimatennmangu Branch Shrine

In addition to the museum in Wakaho, there is an annex, the Kitano Cultural Center, which is located in downtown Nagano on Chuo Dori near the Gocho Campus of the University of Nagano and Zenkō-ji Temple; and the Togakushi Branch Museum of Kitano Museum of Art, which is located in the mountainous Togakushi district of Nagano City near the entrance to Togakushi Shrine.[5] The Togakushi building received a Nagano City Landscape Award.[6]

HistoryEdit

  • 1968 (March) - opening[7]
  • 2002 (August) -the current Yushimatenmangu Shrine was constructed
  • 2003 (April) - opening of the Kitano Cultural Center in downtown Nagano
  • 2015 (April) - opening of the Togakushi Branch Museum of Kitano Museum of Art[8]
  • 2019 (January) - re-opened after renovations[9]

CollectionEdit

Its collection of more than 600 pieces of art includes work by both Japanese and western artists.

OperationEdit

HoursEdit

March-November, 9:30-17:00 December-February, 9:30-16:30 Closed on Mondays (except public holidays in Japan - but closed on New Year holidays)

FeesEdit

Adults: 700 yen High school students, college students, and university students: 500 yen Junior high school students and younger: Free

AccessEdit

The museum in Wakaho is wheelchair accessible.

From Nagano Station, bus number 46, the Mamejima Hoshina Onsen Line (大豆島保科温泉線), run jointly by Nagaden Bus and Alpaca Transit, departs from the Zenkōji Exit. The closest bus stop to the museum is Wakaho Branch. From there, it is 500m to the museum.

By car, the museum is approximately 8 minutes from the Suzaka/Nagano Higashi IC, on the Jōshin-etsu Expressway.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "北野美術館、4年ぶり再開…長野". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ "北野美術館、4年ぶり再開…長野". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Kitano Museum of Art". Kitano Museum of Art. Kitano Museum of Art Foundation. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Kitano Museum of Art Facilities". Kitano Museum of Art. Kitano Museum of Art Foundation. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "長野市景観賞 [trans.: Nagano City Landscape Award]" (PDF). 長野市都市デザイン基金事業 [transl: Nagano City Urban Design Fund Project]. Nagano City. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ "長野市景観賞 [trans.: Nagano City Landscape Award]" (PDF). 長野市都市デザイン基金事業 [transl: Nagano City Urban Design Fund Project]. Nagano City. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  7. ^ "北野美術館、4年ぶり再開…長野". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  8. ^ "自然の中で感じる芸術 「北野美術館・戸隠館」きょうオープン 長野". Sankei Digital. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  9. ^ "北野美術館、4年ぶり再開…長野". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.