Kyoto : The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 京都国立近代美術館

MoMAK - Japanese Works

2nd June 2011. Written by Xin Li.
Kyoto, Japan.
Kyoto may be well-known for its numerous historical sites but that doesn’t mean the city is not without any interesting modern sites as the works of Tadao Ando in Kyoto has shown.

Kyoto - Giant Torii

In fact, almost everyone enters ancient Kyoto via a contemporary gateway designed by Hiroshi Hara, the Kyoto Station.

MoMAK - Exterior

When in Kyoto, make a point to visit the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK).

MoMAK - Exterior

MoMAK - Atrium

This contemporary looking building is designed by famed Japanese architect, Fumihiko Maki.

MoMAK - Verandah

The verandah area has seats facing outwards to the gardens located next to the canal.

MoMAK - Verandah

Relaxing on one of those seats and enjoying the view is a great pleasure. This design probably took its inspiration from Japanese gardens.

MoMAK - Look Out

Part of the museum’s permanent collection includes works by early 20th century artists from Europe and Japan.

MoMAK - Japanese Paintings

MoMAK - Permanent Collection

Works are limited.....

MoMAK - Permanent Collection

MoMAK - Japanese Porcelain

However, the museum is in possession of a portfolio of the famed photographer, Ansel Adams, a surprise find indeed.

MoMAK - Ansel Adam Gallery

MoMAK - Ansel Adam Gallery

Stunning Photographs.

MoMAK - Ansel Adam Gallery

Admission is not cheap if you wish to visit the temporary exhibition as well (about 1200-1300 Yen). The admission fee for the permanent collection is 420 Yen at the time of my visit.

MoMAK - Lounge

MoMAK - Cafe

A gift shop and cafe can be found in the museum as well.

MoMAK - Gift Shop

The MOMAK is located near the Heian Jingu and is next to Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae Bus Station (5,46,57,100). It is also a short walking distance from the Higashiyama Subway Station and from Higashiyama Nijo Station (200,202,203,206)

MoMAK - Stairwell

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Okazaki Enshoji-cho
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8344


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