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Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

Art Museum
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
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Facility Outline:
Major comprehensive art museum in Hokkaido

OverviewHokkaido Museum of Modern Art, which opened in July 1977 near downtown Sapporo, is one of Hokkaido’s most comprehensive facilities of its kind. Known locally as Kinbi (short for Kindai Bijutukan, meaning “modern art museum” in Japanese), it has extended its collection since its establishment and hosted a wide range of exhibitions with regional and international flavors. The museum also acts as a venue for a variety of presentations and workshops with emphasis on improving its educational activities and information provision services.

The facility’s collection encompasses as many as 4,800 works. These are centered around the three themes of Jules Pascin and the École de Paris, art associated with Hokkaido, and glass art craft. And also these are included Japanese modern art, Ukiyoe prints and European prints.

A Beaux-Arts restaurant dish made with focus on vegetables. The menu changes with the seasons.

A Beaux-Arts restaurant dish made with focus on vegetables. The menu changes with the seasons.

The second-floor restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and serves healthy fare made with Hokkaido-grown vegetables. A special menu offered during exhibition periods allows visitors to enjoy leisurely meals in pleasant surroundings while basking in the afterglow of the exhibition. At the Hokkaido Governor’s Official Residence next to the museum, people take relaxing walks and enjoy sculptures in its garden surrounded by rich greenery. Adjacent to the official residence is the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, where people can explore the works of Hokkaido-born oil painter Kotaro Migishi and learn about his life. A look at this museum is highly recommended as part of any visit to the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.

Permanent Exhibition:
Feel the changing seasons through art

This large spiral staircase is depicted in the museum mark.

This large spiral staircase is depicted in the museum mark.

The permanent Museum Collection exhibition is held on the first and second floors of Gallery A, which are connected by a large spiral staircase. At the exhibition, typical pieces from the museum’s collection are displayed and changed roughly four times a year – one for each season. Paintings by Jules Pascin and other artists from the École de Paris produced in the 1920s and 1930s in Paris and elsewhere, domestic and international glasswork from the Art Nouveau period to modern times, and works by artists associated with Hokkaido are exhibited along with Japanese modern pieces, optical art and other contemporary works.

In sessions called Gallery Talks held from 2 p.m. every Saturday, a curator provides commentary on the exhibits. Volunteer-guided gallery tours (in Japanese only) are run every day except national holidays.

Little Girl with a Bouquet by Jules Pascin, 1925 – 1926

Little Girl with a Bouquet by Jules Pascin, 1925 – 1926

Laburnum Lamp by Louis Comfort Tiffany, around 1900 – 1910

Laburnum Lamp by Louis Comfort Tiffany, around 1900 – 1910

The Morning mist (The northland) by Kaichi Igushi,1944

The Morning mist (The northland) by Kaichi Igushi,1944

Matsuura, Takeshiro by Eien Iwahashi,1970-79

Matsuura, Takeshiro by Eien Iwahashi,1970-79

Recommended Activities:
Exhibits unique to Hokkaido

Hokkaido is at the northernmost part of the Japanese archipelago and underwent rapid modernization after the late 19th century. Its historical and natural heritage make it a truly unique place in Japan. The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art collects and displays major artworks created and developed in the region.

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Basic Information

Facility nameHokkaido Museum of Modern Art
AddressKita 1-jo Nishi 17-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Tel.+81-11-644-6881
Hours9:30 – 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Late-night opening on Fridays during the special exhibition period from July to September: 9:30 – 19:30 (admission until 19:00)
ClosedMondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday), year-end/New Year holidays (December 29 – January 3) and periods when exhibits are being changed
Admission feeAdults: 510 yen; high school and university students: 250 yen; junior high school students or younger and adults aged 65 or over: free<br>
Combination ticket for admission to the Museum Collection at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art and the Collection Exhibition at the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art: adults: 820 yen; high school and university students: 410 yen; junior high school students or younger and adults aged 65 or over: free
Access5 min. on foot from Exit No. 4 of Nishi Juhatchome subway station on the Tozai Line
1 min. on foot from the Doritsu Kindai Bijutsukan (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art) bus stop of the JR Bus and the Chuo Bus (along the Sapporo – Otaru/Teine route)
(access information page in Japanese)
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