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Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art & Design

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

History and Outline

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, opened in July 1981 as part of a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Toyama Prefecture under the fundamental principle of examining trends in art both Japanese and foreign from the 20th century forward, and of confirming and developing traditions in local art. With the renovation in April 2003, the addition of four small permanent-exhibition rooms afforded a more diversified introduction to global, Japanese, and local art. The entrance was repaired and the museum store was expanded in March 2008.


Collection and Exhibition

Permanent Exhibition I “Mainstream of 20th Century Art” introduces developments in art chronologically, starting with the works of masters including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, and Marc Chagall; leading to the Surrealism movement through figures like Joan Miro, Max Ernst, and Paul Delvaux; up to the diversity in art after World War II as is represented by Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella. All corners present a different feature exhibition with every change of display.
Permanent Exhibitions II and III showcase the works of prominent Japanese artists, local Toyama artists, and selections from the museum’s rich collection of hanga prints through different themes with each change of display. IV exhibits artwork long owned by the museum alongside the works of Takiguchi Shuzo, a prominent poet and art critic from Toyama, with each theme tracing his footsteps of broad comradeship with artists in Japan and beyond such as Miro. V unveils through a variety of approaches the designs of contemporary posters and of the 20th century’s finest work in chairs.

1-16-12 Nishinakano-machi, Toyama-shi, Toyama-ken 939-8636 Japan
+81 76-421-7111
9:30am–5:00pm (no entry is permitted after 4:30pm)
Monday (except national holiday), the day after a national holiday, May 31/June 1, from December 28 to January 4, from January 21 to February 4
Parking provided
From JR Toyama Station on the JR Hokuriku Line,
Toyama Museum Bus: Take the bus from the CiC Building in front of the station (for free). The bus departs on the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm (7 buses/day).
Route Bus: Take the bus for Shimin-hospital/Sasazu, get off at Nishi-Nakano-guchi bus stop, and walk 2 minutes.
15 minutes by taxi from JR Toyama Station.
15 minutes by taxi from Toyama Airport.
10 minutes by car from Hokuriku Expressway Toyama I.C.
All permanent exhibitions change their display about three times a year, starting with Permanent Exhibition I, which comprises a systematic showcase of 20th century art from Picasso to the present. These unique permanent exhibitions including the Takiguchi collection and designs from around the world, along with feature exhibitions reflecting the diverse aspects of contemporary art, await your visit.