KOUMI-MACHI KOUGEN MUSEUM OF ART
museum in the middle of nature
in Matsubara Heights, at the base of the magnificent Mt. Yatsugatake, Koumi Machi Kougen Museum
of Art was planned on the theme of “harmony and fusion between man and
nature.” Set in the natural landscape of the slope of Matsubara heights,
with abundant nature all around, the museum is open and spacious reflecting
its surroundings. By
enjoying art we can come in contact with nature.Through encouraging
creativity and welcoming hearts, this is a museum for everyone.
Ando Architect and Associates
Tadao; a profile
- Born in Osaka in 1941
- Self-educated in architecture
- In 1969, he founded Tadao Ando Architect and Associates
- Among the many prizes he has won, in 1995, he won the Nobel
Prize for architecture, also known as the Prtizker Prize.
- He was a guest professor at both Colombia and Harvard Universities.
- He is currently a Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University
his best-known works include:
- Row House in Sumiyoshi(Osaka)
- Church of the light (Osaka)
- Meditation Space, UNESCO, Paris
- Awaji yumebutai (Awaji Island project)
- Modern art museum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
- Pulitzer Foundation for the
Arts, St. Louis, USA.
Super High Vision gallery and the digital
By means of our powerful, 135-inch high super high vision screen, we are
delighted to be able to showcase works from the Orseilles Art Museum in
this program unique to our museum.Also using the high vision software, every year we present “Young artists
of Koumi Town." Elementary school children from KoumiTown have their
paintings and voices digitally recorded. Furthermore we are beginning to
support this production for visitors to the museum.
SP Record Collection
This collection of 370 classics, sold in Japan before the war, with over
1,100 copies collected. The current cello recoding of Bach’s cello suites
is by the Spanish musician, Pablo Casals. There are plans to display a
recorded concert with the legendary violinist Efrem Zimbalist playing Brahms
Mingei (folk craft)
Born from works
which live up to the (kokoro) spirit/ethics of MINGEI (folk craft), works
overflowing with beauty and integrity and grace, this is an introduction to
works of ceramic art.
島岡達三 Shimaoka Tatsuzou
- Born in Tokyo in 1919
- Studied ceramics at Tokyo Institute of Technology
- After war service, he moved to Mashiko
- Apprenticed with Hamada Shoji promoter of the MINGEI movement
- Later on, he became an independent potter with this own kiln,
fusing “ZOGAN” and Jomon period techniques...creating the style now known
as Jomon Zogan (a pottery technique where white clay slip is applied to
rope impressions made in the surface of the pot when it is still wet)
- In May 1996 the Japanese Government designated him a Living
栗林今朝男 Kuribayashi Kesao
- Born in 1924 in KitamakiVillage, Minami Sakugun (now KoumiTown)
- Discharged from military service in 1946
- In 1955 he entered a national exhibition for the first time
- 1968 became a member of the kokugakai （Japanese
- In 1995, he entered an exhibit “akai chiheizen” (Red Horizon)
in the Parisian exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the
end of WW2. He won the Grand Prix.
- In 1997, he won the International Art Culture Prize.
- In 1998, Kuribayashi received the Medal of Honor (Dark Blue
- Currently, a member of the Kokugakai, Shinshu Art Museums Board
and Saku Art Museums Consultant Board.
Tuesdays; when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following Wednesday
Also closed the
day after National Holidays, when changing the exhibits and during the winter period
（from the end
of December to the end of March）
Last entry is at 16:30
Elementary and Junior High School Students Y150 (100)
(The figure in brackets refers to the group
rate; applicable for groups of 20 or more).
Free parking is available for up to 100
There is also parking available for tour
the museum are asked not to take photographs, use ball pens, fountain pens,
brushes or other writing materials inside the museum. Your
cooperation is appreciated.
Visitors to the museum are asked not to
smoke inside the premises.
Visitors are requested to follow the
instructions of the attendants.
Take the Nagano Shinkansen to Sakudaira
Sta. Transfer to the Koumi Line and get off at Koumi Sta.Alternately if on the Chou Line, transfer
at Kobuchizawa Sta. for the Koumi Line and get off at Koumi Sta. In front of Koumi Sta. get on a bus bound
for Koumi Re’ex and get off at bijutsukanmae.Alternately get a taxi to bijutsukanmae.
This should take approximately 20 minutes.
For Bus information please contact
Koumi Town Office
Tel: 0267 92 2525
On the Chuo Expressway turn off at Sudama IC. Follow Route 141 until you
see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately
4km past the lake.On the Joshinetsu Expressway turn off at Saku I.C. Follow Route 141 until
you see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately
4km past the lake.
Main Building 2 Storeys
Building is made from concrete.
floor surface 1583.22 m2