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Sapporo Art Museum

Art Museum
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
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Facility Outline:
Center of art in the woods

Museum exteriorSapporo Art Museum stands in Sapporo Art Park, which nestles amid the rich natural environment of southern Sapporo. Since its opening in September 1990, the museum has focused mainly on collecting works by artists associated with Sapporo and Hokkaido as well as modern/contemporary art from Japan and overseas. It hosts five to seven special exhibitions with varied content annually. The museum is unique in that its compound also includes the Sato Churyo Children’s Atelier and the Sculpture Garden, with its permanent exhibition of 74 pieces.

The adjacent Craft Studio offers hands-on programs in pottery making, dyeing, cloisonné making, glass craft and more. The Craft Hall runs tours to dyeing/textile workshops and other programs, and also has a shop with a wide lineup of handicraft items. The expansive compound often acts as a venue for concerts and art events, thereby serving as a local hub for art.

Exhibition space

Exhibition space

Meadow of Clouds by Susumu Shingu

Meadow of Clouds by Susumu Shingu

Permanent Exhibition:
Experience sculptures in nature

The Sculpture Garden, which was opened in 1986 before Sapporo Art Museum itself, showcases works by 64 artists on its 7.5 hectares of undulating terrain. The collection includes works by leading contemporary Japanese sculptors, pieces by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland and large-scale works by Israeli sculptor Dani Karavan. Visitors can walk through the forest and enjoy the works there, which take on different airs with the changing seasons, weather conditions and the time of the day.

Way to the Hidden Garden by Dani Karavan

Way to the Hidden Garden by Dani Karavan

Mother and Child by Gustav Vigeland

Mother and Child by Gustav Vigeland

Exhibition space in Sato Churyo Children’s Atelier

Exhibition space in Sato Churyo Children’s Atelier

The Sato Churyo Children’s Atelier, which opened in 2008, is named after Churyo Sato – a leading Japanese sculptor who spent his adolescent years in Sapporo. The artist also worked to develop children’s sensibilities, producing a large body of art textbooks and picture books. Established to continue the causes for which he worked, the facility hosts numerous workshops for children and others. It also displays Churyo’s sculptures and sketches themed on family and children, offering a positive and warm atmosphere in which visitors can feel his gentle essence.

Two Years Old (large), 1972

Two Years Old (large), 1972

Recommended Activities:
Visitors can also experience making craftwork and dine at the restaurant!

With the Sculpture Garden, other exhibitions, opportunities for hands-on craftwork and other features, Sapporo Art Park is a great destination for a day out. A buffet restaurant serving food made with local ingredients provides the ideal stop for lunch. Visitors may alternatively choose to lunch on the grass, in the shade of trees in the Sculpture Garden or elsewhere on the site. This is also an ideal place for a walk and a picnic, with a location just a stone’s throw from the city center.

Exhibitions Information

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Basic Information

Facility nameSapporo Art Museum
Address75 Geijutsunomori 2-chome, Minami-ku, Sapporo
Tel.+81-11-591-0090
Hours9:45 – 17:00 (until 17:30 from June to August)
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing time
ClosedApril 29 – November 3: open daily
November 4 – April 28: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission feeDifferent for individual exhibitions<br>Sculpture Garden: adults under 65: 700 yen; 65 or over: 560 yen; junior high school students or younger: free<br>*Admission to the Sculpture Garden is free from mid-January to mid-March.
AccessTake the Soranuma Route or Takino Route of the Chuo Bus from Platform No. 2 at Makomanai subway station on the Namboku Line.
Get off at the Geijutsunomori Iriguchi (Art Park Entrance) bus stop for Sapporo Art Museum, the Craft Hall, studios (other than the Block Print Studio), the Craft Studio and the Takeo Arishima Residence.
Get off at the Geijutsunomori Center (Art Park Center) bus stop for the Sculpture Garden, the Print Studio, the Art Hall and the Outdoor Stage.
WebsiteSapporo Art Park (English)
Sapporo Art Park (Japanese) / Sapporo Art Museum (Japanese)
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