Center of art in the woods
Sapporo 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.
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.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.
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.