Current exhibition
We are pleased to present the solo exhibition of British painter Richard Hoare. He has been living and working in Koumi-town, Nagano Prefecture these two years since the autumn of 2016. Richard Hoare was born in Ipswich, United Kingdom in 1967. Since completing Fine Art graduate studies at Cambridge College of Art and Technology, Kent Institute of Art and Design and Post Graduate Diploma at Cyprus College of Art, both solo and group exhibitions have been held based in London. Richard visited Koumi-town and he was deeply inspired by its nature.  Then he started to paint. His subject is landscape, including a view of Mt. Ogura, the peaks of the Yatsugatake from Koumi-town, Lake Matsubara, and the forest and trees.  He feels sunlight, the air and the spatial atmosphere of the seasons, the time and the change in the weather.  He then expresses the essence of these.
He loaded his painting materials into a van and traveled to do his painting like Haiku poetry master Basho who made his works during his journey. Even accidental rain drops or the snow crystals that landed on the paper made special effects unique to that location and time. This is also one of the characteristics of his works. As we can tell by his art teaching, his works are not only visual art but also reach into music and poetry.  In his Art lesson he had Koumi junior high students listen to music and then express it by brush strokes. This exhibition introduces his various works by different techniques such as oil paintings, watercolors, inks and monotypes. His view leads us to rediscover the splendors of gto see nature, to feel natureh.
 Past exhibition

"Art Rally: Koumi, Japan" features the work of six artists:

Bill Gilbert
Yoshimi Hayashi
Richard Keely
Erika Osborne
Dean Ramos
John Reid

The exhibition is a result of an extended residency that culminates into a response to the Koumi Kougen museum and surrounding areas.  The museum is located in Nagano Prefecture in Koumi, Japan, a mountainous region known for its natural beauty and agricultural lands.  The museum, surrounded by the Yatsugatake mountains was designed by the renowned architect Tadao Ando and is celebrating its 20th year anniversary.gArt Rally: Koumih will be the centerpiece for the museumfs anniversary events.In addition to museum pieces, site specific artwork and performances will be on display all around Koumi.

Koumi Kougen Museum

July 1, 2017-August 20, 2017

Artist reception: July 1, 2017 13:30-16:00

Installation will also be placed throughout the town.

*Bill Gilbert* resides in New Mexico and most recently was the Lannan Art Chair for the Land Arts of the Southwest program at the University of New Mexico.  His work pulls the heavenly constellation to earth and superimposes them onto the landscape.  He performs a walking ritual following the points on the constellation and photographing the flora and fauna to create a visual diary of the area.

*Yoshimi Hayashi* lives and works in Oceanside, California and is the chair elect of the art department at MiraCosta, College.  His works combine large scale paintings with sculptural samples of the landscapes.  Referential remnants are left in the form of archetypal shapes replacing the natural environment.  The work questions the labeling of indoor vs. outdoor.

*Richard Keely,* from San Diego, California is a professor of sculpture at San Diego State University.  His sculptures built from mundane objects explore the history of collective refinement and the beauty of the perfected form.  Objects are used as molds and filled with simple material creating a tension between latent functionality and sculptural state.

*Erika Osborne* is a painter and professor from Fort Collins, Colorado,working at Colorado State University.  Her personal research addresses how humans culturally connect,simultaneously loving and abusing the landscape.Studying the land aesthetically and scientifically, she captures the complexities of data through her representational drawings and paintings.

*Dean Ramos* is a professor of art at MiraCosta College and teaches painting and sculpture.  His figurative busts cast from concrete or chiseled from wood express ambiguous human relationships.  His gFace to Faceh pieces for the exhibit explore the range of interactions from intimate bond to confrontation and entrapment.

*John Reid*, is a photographer, designer, and performance artist from Canberra, Australia.  Formerly a lecturer at Australia National University,his fine art practice addresses human rights, environmental issues, and cultural connections to a place.  His current project involves creating a trust that issues share certificates with digital images of his work.  The funds raised are donated to creative art projects that register cultural heritage.


An art museum in the middle of nature

 Located in Matsubara Heights, at the base of the magnificent Mt. Yatsugatake, Koumi Machi Kougen Museum of Art was planned on the theme of gharmony and fusion between man and nature.h 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.

Tadao Ando Architect and Associates

General Information


On 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 ifrom the end of December to the end of Marchj

Opening Hours  

09:00- 17:00
Last entry is at 16:30

Admission Fee
Adults                                                      Y500 (400)
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 cars
There is also parking available for tour buses.

Visitors to 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.


By train

Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Sta. Transfer to the Koumi Line and get off at Koumi Sta.Alternately if on the Chuou 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 Refex and get off at bijutsukanmae.Alternately get a taxi to bijutsukanmae. This should take approximately 20 minutes.

By car

On the Chuo Expressway turn off at Sutama IC. Follow Route 141 until you see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately 4km past the lake.On the Chubu-oudan Expressway turn off at Saku-minami I.C. Follow Route 141 until you see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately 4km past the lake.

Building Details

Main Building 2 Storeys
Observatory 3 Storeys
The Building is made from concrete.
Total area: 7667.73m2
Building area: 1188.42m2
Extended floor surface 1583.22 m2

Museum Information

1.      Entrance
2.      Hallway
3.      Theatre
4.      Restaurant "cafe Hanasarasa"
5.      Museum Office
6.      Ramp way
7.      Observatory
8.      Exhibit Room No.1
9.      Exhibit Room No.2
10.  Exhibit Room No.3
11.  Inner Garden


From the observatory you can see the whole museum with Mt. Yatsugatake in the background. When you leave the museum why not climb up and take a look?