Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Shinagawa

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The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the oldest contemporary art museums in Japan. The museum is in the Kita-Shinagawa district, in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo.The building was originally built as a private mansion designed by Jin Watanabe in 1938 for the grandfather of current museum president and international collector Toshio Hara. Designed in a Bauhaus style, it is a rare example of early Shōwa period architecture. Following the war, it was used by the US and then served as the Embassy of the Philippines and the Embassy of Sri Lanka. In 1979, it was converted to a museum. It underwent a major renovation in 2008, including a new lighting system designed by Shozo Toyohisa.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, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, George Rickey, Mark Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jason Teraoka, Zhou Tiehai, Lee U-Fan, Andy Warhol, and Miwa Yanagi.
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  • It is a Museum, located in the residential area about 15 minutes walk from Shinagawa Station, Takanawa exit. Museum here has exhibited works of art abroad. Is there facing the Garden Café is a hot spot. The tea can be.
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  • I felt like the main permanent exhibition. The staff around a lot of ingenuity. Think like a drawback is a little bit far from the train station.
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  • So have a little distance from Shinagawa Station Osaki, Gotanda Station residence gotenyama leisurely walk go to Temple, Hara Museum of contemporary. I liked to go from my home was in the neighborhood, so old or tea in the gardens section of the exhibition.
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  • Totally useless website. Requires Flash to view. Tried to install but wouldn't work so I cannot even view the website. For a contemporary art museum, they need to get up to date by using modern web technologies. That means build a website WITHOUT Flash.
  • Gorgeous modernist building and wonderful display in the 3 floors and the outdoor sculpture garden. Elizabeth Peyton show while I was there is great. And the small installations in some of the rooms are surprising and delightful. Highly recommended.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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