Akita Museum Of Art

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Akita Museum Of Art
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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225 reviews
Very good

Perth29 contributions
More building than content
Dec 2019 • Solo
When I visited, I was surprised that I could not pay my entry with credit card. After a walk for an ATM, and two shop later, ATM didn't work at he first shop, I finally got in. The only impressive piece is the main one in the fist hall. The rest is deceiving, well presented but still ...I would not recommend the visit.
Written January 3, 2020
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Exeter, UK42 contributions
Words are not enough
Oct 2019
I wrote a review about this amazing gem of a museum when I first visited but it's gone so I am reiterating my love now because I think it's worth it. The guide book gave this a rating of 'underwhelming' and 'provincial' - the first inaccurate, the second snobbish, there's nothing wrong with not being in a metropolis. This museum is firstly an extraordinary building which wows from the first step inside. The concrete and steel staircase could be cold and functional but is a thing of striking beauty which, try as I might, I just could not capture in my photos and the view from the cafe with its long low windows is a view I could look at all day. On our visit, there were three exhibitions which were all interesting and beautiful in different ways - 1. A gallery of photographs of local people, art and events which was fascinating and joyous and a celebration of life lived 'provincially' which I thought was wonderful and we spent a great deal of time here; 2. Kisling. WOW! An artist I didn't know and whose beautifully staged paintings stole my heart; and 3. Tsuguharu Foujita's Events in Akita is astonishing in the flesh. This is what we had travelled to see and it was definitely worth it - there are two levels from which to view the painting, one at eye level from a mezzanine gallery so as to take in the entire 20m length and from the floor looking up at it's glorious vibrancy. All-in-all this is a wonderful museum, small but oh so perfectly formed. If you want big and flashy and crowded and to see the exhibits through the lens of your camera phone, then this is not the place for you but if you want to wander through the beautiful galleries of an extraordinarily well-thought out art gallery, dive in because you won't regret it.
Written December 20, 2019
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Yan C
Hong Kong, China794 contributions
A type of its own
Apr 2019 • Couples
Unless you are an ardent supporter of modern arts painting, this museum (which is not a huge one) has little to offer. The large mural painting depicting the daily life and events of Akita is perhaps the only major attraction. Other exhibits are few and limited. The building design, especially the interior, is very modern looking. It is said that some visitors came chiefly to admire the architecture rather than the exhibits. I would not say that the layout is ugly but I also do not understand nor appreciate it.
Written May 3, 2019
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Jakarta, Indonesia275 contributions
Hunting for art and culture , hit to this one
Apr 2019 • Friends
Well the building from outside is just a plain form , but the moment you step in you will see the first wonder with the great stair case without any pillar to support it . And then on the 2nd floor you will see more stunning museum
Lounge like the water garden behind a glass wall with edgeless form integrated the city back ground with 2 small water fountains in the city garden , but the synergy between those elements concrete, wooden floor, glass wall and water is a real harmony for the human being , I could sit hours there just admiring the water surface with its small waves due to low speed wind blowing the water.
And then in the exhibitions hall you may find the masterpiece made by painter Tsuguharu Foujita as a mural painting EVENTS OF AKITA from 1937 with approximately 20 X 5 meters in size; and other paintings from the 18th century.
Natural light is also applied in the triangle form ceiling which gives a very delicate view in this unique building . We spent almost 4 hours spending in the Museum lounge and wondering the paintings exhibitions. With a very low entrance fees, the visit is worthwhile.
Written April 30, 2019
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Hobart, Australia546 contributions
Different example of an art museum
Nov 2017 • Solo
When I visited there was a free exhibition on the ground floor by local artists - Akita Fine Artists Association. The building itself was of interest itself and had been funded by Masaki Hirani and holds many works by Tsuguharu Foujita. The latter painted and drew in Paris, and parts of North and South America. There were many different styles and sizes of work, the biggest of which was a huge mural (about 3.5 x 20.5 metres) - Events of Akita. The exhibition was enjoyable and the view from the museum shop/cafe was also intriguing. No photographs were allowed unfortunately but there were some postcards of his work.
Written October 31, 2018
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janani s
177 contributions
Only if art interests you
Nov 2017 • Solo
The first floor gallery is free of charge but the second floor has a payment of around 1200 JPY. I would recommend this place only if you have extreme interests in art.
Written November 5, 2017
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Cork, Ireland505 contributions
Loved this museum
Oct 2016 • Friends
It is worth travelling just to see the building, which is by the fascinating architect Tadeo Ando. Despite its unpromising site he has created an amazing cafe/shop area with a mirror pool which seems to lead to the park opposite, even though it is actually quite a way away. The main staircase is also a work of art in itself. There is quite a bit of work by the artist Tsuguharu Foujita, who travelled from Japan to Paris and hung out with the likes of Picasso. His work was interesting and I was glad to have made his acquaintance but the best piece of his art for me was a huge mural depicting Akita through the seasons which he painted very quickly. It is fascinating to examine closely as it shows the main festivals and the way that people in this place lived not so very long ago. There was also a most interesting exhibition on Shinichi Saito's many pictures of the three blind musicians legend. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take photos inside the galleries so I only have one which I took before I realised this was the case. .
Written September 1, 2017
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Melbourne536 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
I was interested in the building but found it underwhelming.

For a start, I can't really fathom the location of the entrance - just doesn't make sense from a user perspective or even architecturally.
You are then confronted by the stairs as you enter. But I didn't want to walk up the stairs and the lift hidden away on the left was pointed out to me by the attendant selling tickets to the collection.
I understand the intent of the architect - to encourage people to experience the space walking up and the lift was a concession for those in need.
I found all those photos showing the cafe/ park / water setting misleading too. The moat and the park is across the road and no where near the cafe. In fact the building sits on a plaza.
The circulation within the art gallery does not flow easily. This disjunction makes a disappointing experience.
Limited exhibits and nothing captured my attention.
Written April 21, 2017
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Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
Liked the design of the building more than the exhibits
Jun 2016 • Solo
Of the exhibits, the 20-metre long mural was an eye opener. I must have come at the wrong time because the rest of the exhibits were rather forgettable. The beautifully designed building interior made up for the exhibits though.
Written February 16, 2017
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Sydney, Australia402 contributions
Beautiful building
Nov 2016 • Couples
We called into the Museum on our way back from the park and managed to coincide our arrival with a large school group of excited young school children!
Staff were apologetic about the noise but who could be annoyed with their happy and enthusiastic response to the outing.
We retired to the Museum cafe, which has a sensational water feature stretching away from the windows. In fact the architecture,including a fabulous floating concrete staircase rising from street level up to the main gallery is a visual delight.
The exhibition is limited but worth a visit!
Written November 14, 2016
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