Friday, September 28, 2007

49. Museum Review: Setagaya Art Museum

The Setagaya Art Museum, which opened in 1986, claims to give emphasis to art that 'exhibits the quality of naivety'. They also make a special effort to exhibit works from artists living in Setagaya Ward.

'Shinzo Fukuhara: Art and Shiseido' is the current special exhibition, running from September 1 to November 4. The exhibition was very interesting, and larger than I expected.

In the Permanent Collection, 'Gifts from the World of Dreams : Georges Rouault, Odilon Redon, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Tetsuro Komai' is running from August 11 to December 2.
If you plan to visit this museum, I recommend packing a picnic lunch and taking some time to enjoy Kinuta Koen (park). Famous for magnolia trees, it is a huge park full of grassy lawns, forests, even a bird sanctuary. Bicycles can be borrowed free of charge.

Address: 1-2 Kinuta-koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0075
About a ten minute walk from Yoga Station on the Tokyu Shin-Tamagawa Line.
Phone: 03-3415-6011

Hours of Operation: 10:00 - 18:00. (Opening hours may be extended during certain exhibitions.) It is necessary to enter the building at least 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed on Mondays (or the following day if Monday falls on a holiday) and the New Year's holiday.

(Both the permanent and temporary exhibition space may be closed during display changes. )

Permanent Collection: General 200yen
College and high school students 150yen
Junior high & elementary school students and those over 65 100yen
* Junior high & elementary school students are free on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

For Special Exhibition: Charges are determined separately for each exhibition.

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