- June 21, 2019Fukuda Art Museum Set to Open in Kyoto’s Arashiyama District in October 2019
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My father, the owner of this museum, was born and raised in Kyoto, and it was also in Kyoto that he started his business. He frequently said that it was the generous support of local residents that enabled him to continue with his work, and expressed his gratitude for the encounters he had with outstanding works of art and his relationship with the Arashiyama area. This led to his decision to build this museum as a way of realizing his wish to someday repay Kyoto for its kindness.
For the next 15 years, my father devoted himself to acquiring art. His collection, consisting of works by major artists from the Edo Period to the modern era, is made up of some 1,500 items with an emphasis on pieces from the Kyoto circle of painters.
Associated with poetry since ancient times and loved by nobles and cultured people, Arashiyama has long served a source of inspiration for superb art. Today, as one of Japan’s leading tourist destinations, the area attracts sightseers from all over the world. Along with scenery that changes from season to season, Arashiyama is blessed with the flowing waters of the limpid Oigawa River, and Togetsukyo Bridge, which seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape. By creating a place to view works by some of Japan’s greatest artists on this site, a product of the beautiful natural landscape, we hope to make a positive contribution to the transmission and succession of Japanese culture.
It is our dream that this museum will last for 100 years. We are committed to making every effort to convey and preserve the endlessly stunning scenery of Arashiyama and priceless art and culture for future generations.
Kawabata MisaDirector, Fukuda Art Museum
Since ancient times, the Saga-Arashiyama area, home to the Fukuda Art Museum, has been loved by nobles and cultured people, and served as a source of inspiration for outstanding art. Today, the area has become one of Japan’s leading tourist destinations, attracting domestic sightseers as well as visitors from all over the world. By enabling viewers to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape along with works of Japanese art, it is our hope that Arashiyama will become one of the world’s leading sites for culture.
Based on the essential qualities of Kyoto’s traditional machiya townhouses, the museum building aims for a new kind of Japanese architecture that will serve as a standard for the next 100 years.
The Fukuda Collection consists of approximately 1,500 items, primarily Japanese paintings dating from the Edo Period to the modern era. The underlying goal is to present works that will be impressive to anyone, regardless of how much they know about art. With a strong emphasis on works from the Kyoto circle of painters, the collection also includes countless notable works that have never or only rarely been shown publicly.
An exhibition to commemorate the opening of the Fukuda Art Museum is scheduled to be held from Tue., Oct. 1, 2019 to Mon., Jan. 13 (nat. hol.), 2020. Divided into two periods featuring completely different works, the exhibition will showcase over 120 items from the collection. This must-see event will include works such as Kano Tanyu’s Dragon in the Clouds, which will be shown in Japan for the very first time.
Fukuda Art Museum
3-16 Susukino Baba-cho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Site area: 1,982 square meters / Total floor space: 1,193.58 square meters /
Gallery 1: 151.2 square meters / Gallery 2: 175.4 square meters /
Gallery 3: 64.5 square meters
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