5F, Sun Garden © Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art

5F, Sun Garden © Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art

Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art is located near Yasaka Shrine in Gion, Kyoto. Kahitsukan was named and opened in 1981 by the director Yoshitomo Kajikawa京都・祇園の八坂神社に程近い場所に位置する「何必館(かひつかん)・京都現代美術館」(以下、何必館)。人がしばられがちな定説を「何ぞ必ずしも」と疑う、自由の精神を持ちつづけたいという願いから、館長である梶川芳友氏に名付けられ、1981年11月に開館した。





入館料:一般 1000円、学生 800円

Text: Mariko Takei
, with a desire to maintain freedom to doubt preconceived ideas and theories, which people often are bound by, questioning all things (ka) might not really (hitsu) be as one is led to believe.

Inside the museum, they have three collections of works by a modern Japanese-style painter Kagaku Murakami (1888-1939) , oil painter Kaoru Yamaguchi (1907-1968), and internationally well-known artist in all fields of art and craft Rosanjin Kitaoji (1883-1959). In addition, they house and display the modern and contemporary artworks of paintings, craft works and photographs from Japan and overseas. The special exhibition is also held several times throughout year.

Wishing its contribution to beauty, Kahitsukan focuses on the beauty of art space. As a place to show art pieces more beautiful, Kahitsukan pursues beauty for the whole 5-storey building with a basement, by director’s participation to its design. On the 5th floor, there is a beautifully sunlit Sun Garden that can be viewed from the Tea-ceremony room where displays an artwork of Kagaku Murakami.

Museum goods are also sold at the museum, featuring books, posters, catalogues, and postcards that are related to the art exhibitions and collections at Kahitsukan.

Please check their schedule as they regularly hold exhibitions of modern and contemporary artists. Kahitsukan is one of few places where you can experience the true beauty of art.

Kahitsukan – Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 271 Kitagawa, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:30 (admission till 17:00)
Closed on Monday, year-end-year-beginning period, exhibition preparation period
Admission Fees: General 1000 yen, Student 800 yen
Tel: 075-525-1311

Text: Mariko Takei

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