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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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  • The Museum is in a leafy residential area. In this proud people. Garden cafes in laid back, cheek was lumps can be. Located in urban areas, while a somewhat rural atmosphere is like.
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  • Hara Museum of art is a museum with the private homes of wealthy Mr., 1938, architect (designed in Ginza Wako) Jin Watanabe is designed. It is a fine example of modernist architecture. Has not defeated at the Museum of modern art, beautiful soft curves in the functional personality. Café in the courtyard to spend a leisurely lunch is recommended.
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  • Sasayama century Ms. of the topic "House of pleasure" listening, while in Tokyo, visiting for the first time. No one in any country to gotenyama corner well, survive the war against before 1938, completed a mysterious building. What is the 3rd floor applications. All stairs, so wheelchair users is listening only on the first floor. Courtyard is filled with contemporary art. Cafe and Museum Shop (note in the Museum Shop use only admission is required)
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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.