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Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Shinagawa
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The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the oldest museums of contemporary art in Japan. The museum is in the Kita-Shinagawa district, in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo.The building was originally built as a private home. It was designed by Jin Watanabe and completed in 1938, making it a rare example of early Shōwa period architecture. In 1979, it was converted to a museum. It underwent a major renovation in 2008, including a new lighting system designed by Shozo Toyohisa.The museum hosts the most cutting-edge culture, including art, design, architecture, music and dance. Its permanent collection includes works by Karel Appel, Alexander Calder, Buckminster Fuller, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Surasi Kusolwong, Aiko Miyawaki, Yasumasa Morimura, Daisuke Nakayama, Maruyama Ōkyo, Jackson Pollock, George Rickey, Mark Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jason Teraoka, Zhou Tiehai, Lee U-Fan, Andy Warhol, and Miwa Yanagi.
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  • Keikyū Kita-Shinagawa Station 10 min walk. Gotenyama Marriott hotel next door. Museum of fine arts building in Hara's old House, door around and found the curve design of Art Nouveau room contains internal stairway, piano. Went to see the exhibition of sasayama Quaternary Shin, buildings and pictures match and aesthetic of the turn of the century there was atmosphere. It is a cosmopolitan Museum of fine arts.
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  • Beautiful 1938 Wantanabi-designed Showa style building. I was not a fan of the particular show during our visit, but the building is worth a visit if you're into architecture at all. 
  • Walk from Shinagawa Station is 15 minutes ' walk of location isn't so bad picks (in his last-minute entry, was a bit perplexed). Puzzled by the appearance blends luxury, residential entry. Watch the sasayama Quaternary Shin exhibition day was filmed at the Hara Museum. Great satisfaction to the interesting exhibition is taking place and reality intersect. Luxury retro atmosphere of the building! Space seems to. Interesting permanent exhibits. While watching the sunset and no time enjoying the Cafe could watch the garden lit up at night. Shop is small, but interesting. Also go for circumstances where you want to see!
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  • The Hara Museum is on a beautiful street . It is a bit far from Shirakawa station on Yamanote line but I was able to arrive there this Friday 26 th August and .... It was closed on Friday . On the English website of the museum it is open but the sad reality is that it is closed and I lost a good part of my only day of visiting Tokyo.
  • Nice building, but the exhibition wasn't to my liking, it seemed superficial and narrowly defined the concept of beauty. It didn't challenge any of my concepts about the human body. Still a great exhibition space.
  • Why did it take me 17 years to finally go here? Well, it's a little out of the way and a bit of a walk from any station. But what a wonderful place! Just the right size for a museum and very relaxed. I joined a Japanese language tour but the website says English ones are available, but maybe check ahead because it was worth it to learn about the history of the Bauhaus-inspired building and the art on display. Then spent an hour and a half in the relaxing cafe where the food is pretty good and the guy in charge is The Boss. The only thing to be aware of is that no photography is allowed anywhere on the grounds, but I took some without knowing and it wasn't strictly enforced. Maybe just be careful and discrete.
  • Nice museum with thought provoking exhibits. The status as a private museum makes it a little more daring than similar galleries in Tokyo
  • contemporary art museum with a strong focus on photography.