Aomori Museum of Art

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Aomori Museum of Art
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MarkKwok
Vancouver129 contributions
The museum is modern with a good collection of art by Yoshitomo Nara, and huge backdrops of the ballet Aleko by Chagall.

Aomori-ken (Aomori Dog) is situated outside the museum building. Visitors can see it from inside the museum through the observation window, or take a path to see it up close. There is no fee to take the path so visitors can just come and see Aomori-ken if they wish to save a few bucks.

There is also a nice coffee shop inside the museum.

If coming from Aomori station, take the bus at bay no.6. Do check the bus schedule as the buses are hourly. I happened to miss the bus by a minute and ended up taking a cab (some 1,300 - 1,500 yen).
Written August 26, 2020
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bakatori
Singapore, Singapore552 contributions
Solo
I have never been to a Art museum in my life, not even in my own country. But having heard so much about Nara Yohitomo's Hula Hula Garden, I decided to make a visit there. Simple, spacious and white just about all describe the outer appearance of this museum. But it is what inside that will enthrall your senses. The museum itself is a dug out. The sentence "6 feet under" came into my mind when I reached the main entrance which is reached by a lift that goes downwards. Do not be fooled by the exterior of the museum, it's interior is spacious and the ceiling 3 stories tall. By the way, no bags allowed. They have a locker room whereby the ¥100 deposit fee is refundable when you retrieve your items. Photography is only allowed at certain very limited places only, meaning...as good as no photography allowed. Yup you can take picture of the famous Aomori Ken, only that. Personally, I like the glass art the best. The Hula Hula garden gave me a creepy feeling. Maybe I am claustrophobic, I hate dark enclosure. The house which housed the display of 3 kid sized children lying face down on a floor that was littered with flowers and books was in a box like enclosure. Meaning you will have to enter into a dark box with narrow dark alley. The only light source comes from the small narrow windows of the house.
Other than that, i enjoyed the other display of Nara Yoshitomo which were not in the dark box.
At the end of the visit, I actually felt quite artsy myself even if it was only for a few minutes. Worth a visit.
Written May 12, 2012
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lovemykidsallthetime
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia273 contributions
Friends
Because of the lack of snow, ski resorts were slow to open. But we were glad we came here. The highlight was the four huge stage backdrops painted by Chagall for the ballet “Aleko”.
Written December 23, 2019
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dsHawaii
Honolulu, HI83 contributions
Sounds like the success of your visit depends on what is currently being exhibited. The first impression you get from the outside of the building is an impressive one. A grand building set on a hillside. Even inside there are immense showing rooms. The Chagall exhibit is stunning. However, it was downhill from there. Most of the other exhibit were of photographs and most of the descriptions were in Japanese. Kind of surprising given that so many tourists come here. Honestly, for the price of the bus ticket (you can't use JR pass) and the entrance fee, it was not money well spent.
Written March 30, 2020
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BlackieK
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
Friends
Initially we only ventured out to Aomori Art Museum to see the huge 8.5 meter tall Aomori Ken sculpture- by Nara Yoshitomo- as he looks a lot like our Whippet and we were missing him. However the gallery is fantastic. The building is made up of series of spaces that is easy to navigate with help of the many guides around the gallery. One gallery has displayed the backdrops painted by Marc Chagall for a ballet . They are huge and overwhelming- a must see for Chagall fans. The other galleries featured more of Yoshitomo's work which were fun to see. When we visited the main exhibition was "MIFFY" yes the white cute rabbit in those children books. The exhibition showed the development of the iconic Miffy . The highlights were seeing the original hand painted version of some of the books- amazing work in gouache. There were plenty of overpriced trinkets and overwhelmed kids and big kids.

We had planned to visit the other historical places nearby but ran out of time.
Written July 19, 2015
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tengkin
Singapore, Singapore2,137 contributions
Couples
Like all art scene, this place is quiet and serene. I, enjoyed looking at the drama practise and the handwork of art
Written May 19, 2019
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VKML
38 contributions
Solo
A hugh cute dog statue. Inside the lift there was a bench for sitting which was rather interesting. Interesting place to visit.
Written June 9, 2017
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Sony Rajan
Tokyo, Japan196 contributions
Couples
The building and its architecture is something very interesting. Some of the artwork on display really were amazing. The 8.5m Aomori ken is the key attraction. Not far from the town centre. Ample parking is available. Reasonable English assistance was available.
Written July 23, 2015
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CathCPerth
Yokohama, Japan262 contributions
Friends
I have seen quite a few art galleries now in Japan and I really appreciate the Japanese love for contemporary art and their desire to present art in fabulous surroundings. The Aomori Art Gallery is no exception. The building itself is an impressive example of excellence in contemporary architectural design and is very minimalistic designed by Jun Aoki with incredibly high ceilings and large expanses of wall- perfect for displaying large scale works. On the day we visited, there was a temporary exhibition about the depiction of female beauty in Japanese art over the past 3 centuries. Permanent parts of the collection include 3 extremely large scale works by Marc Chagall- they are massive hand painted ballet/theatre backdrops that cant help but impress you when you enter the large room. In this room known as Aleko Hall that has a 19m high ceiling and walls with a width of 21 metres (which was my personal favourite) you can sit on these quirky looking chairs that have wheels and allow you to slide, pivot and turn around to look at the 3 large scale works from different angles. One of the most famous permanent works in the collection is of a giant sized cartoon styled 3D dog leaning over a bowl by Aomori-Ken. This sculptural work is outside and can be accessed for free without having to enter the gallery. You can also view this work from inside the gallery. There are several other pieces of art (paintings and sculptures) by this artist on the ground floor.

The gallery has one of the best gift shops I have been too. We ran out of time otherwise could have spent a small fortune there. There is also a cafe but we didn't get time to eat there. The Gallery is located quite a way out of Aomori City and we got there by catching a train to Shin-Aomori station and then a bus that stops right outside the gallery. The bus only runs every half an hour or so and is a smaller shuttle style bus. If you visit this gallery, it is within easy walking distance to the Sannai-Maruyama archeological site so it is a good idea to combine these two attractions in one day trip. Apparently the concept and design of this gallery was inspired by the adjacent archeological site. The ticket cost for entry was around $AUD10. No photos are allowed inside the museum.
Written August 19, 2014
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vmkrish
Ann Arbor, MI8 contributions
Solo
I went in August 2013, and got a ticket for both the temporary and permanent exhibitions. The ticket is a bit on the pricey side, costing upwards of ¥1000 for the two exhibitions (although you can purchase the tickets individually).
Other than basic information about the pieces (name, title, materials), the placards for the art is all in Japanese. So, as someone who can't read Japanese, the temporary exhibition they had was very underwhelming to me - it was about Japan's coast, I think in part highlighting the 2011 earthquake. Some of the content was cool, but I had little context for it.
However, the permanent exhibition was a totally different story. They have a lot of very cool modern art pieces, nothing at all like Duchamp's Fountain or silly things like that (although I guess those have value in their own right). I particularly liked "Lightning State", an audiovisual piece done in 2013, as well as the Yoshitomo Nara (from Hirosaki) and Sano Nui exhibits they had. Sadly, they had an archaic "no photos" policy for everything except the big dog.

One thing to note is, if you're in the area but don't want to spend the money/time to go into the museum, you can go see Aomori Ken (あおもり犬, the giant dog in the pictures) for free. However, you have to go while the museum is open, since I think they lock up the access gates about 45 minutes before they close.

The museum is nicely integrated with the Sannai Marayuma Jomon site - there's a marked path directly connecting the two, I didn't really think there was much to do there, perhaps because of the language barrier. Then again, the entrance the path takes you to isn't the main one (where the bus stops), and it looked like the desk at the main entrance does have some sort of English language materials.

To get there from the JR station, take the half-hour, ¥270 bus ride. There's approximately one every hour, and if you ask at the City Bus Info center (at the JR station), they'll give you a time table.
Written August 22, 2013
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