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"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.


Past exhibition
Past exhibition
Exhibition of gyour nameh
An exhibition portraying the artistic brilliance of Shinkai Makoto, in the move `your name` will be held in Shinkai`s hometown, Koumi.
From the creator of `Voices of a Distant Star` `5 centimeters per second` and `The Garden of Words` and other animations, comes this amazing movie.
In this movie, Shinkai portrays the true essence of two people drawing near to each other in a `beautiful magnificent world where their two lives cross paths but they never meet`.
This movie has captured the attention of many through the expression of these characters and the vibrant world created for them. A story that has a high degree of crystalized perfection with the two characters paths crossing and never meeting.
Revealing his artistic charm in every scene, `your name` was released this summer and is without a doubt the best of his movies to date.
At last `your name` the exhibition will arrive at Koumi Museum, were you can experience this amazing movie for yourself. (Koumi is the birthplace and hometown of Shinkai Makoto.)
Through this exhibition the contents of how `your name` was made are revealed - from the proposal, animation designs, to the documents revealing how the movie was design and more. Donft miss this amazing opportunity to experience the beauty of `your name` at Koumi Museum.

KOUMI-MACHI KOUGEN MUSEUM OF ART

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

Closed

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.

Access

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

Observatory

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?