Forever Museum of Contemporary Art offers a fusion of traditional and modern art in Gion
The Forever Museum of Contemporary Art has been a popular destination in Akita prefecture for ten years, and now they have opened a museum in Kyoto’s Gion area too. The museum is located in the “Yasaka Club” which is inside Kaburenjo, the place where the famous Miyako Odori takes place. The building was built in the second year of Taisho, in 1913, so it also has a long and interesting history. The mission of Forever Museum of Contemporary Art is to combine traditional and modern art and let more people know about living art. This is why they have opened their museum in Gion, a truly traditional place, to further help materialize this mission. There are many Japanese touches to the museum, like their tatami flooring, a Japanese garden and the way the artwork is placed lower than normal so that you can view it sitting on the tatami mats; you can feel a sense of Japanese harmony at this museum. The collection of the museum contains approximately 700 items, over half of them made by the famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. They always have Yayoi Kusama’s works on display, and periodically have exhibitions by artists making modern art. The Forever Museum of Contemporary Art is a place that beautifully combines the traditional with the modern in their artwork.
There are altogether four exhibition rooms, and they all have tatami mats, so you have to take your shoes off. At these spacious and quiet rooms, you can look at paintings and statues.
You can freely walk around the museum’s garden and take pictures of it. There is a pond in the middle of this verdant garden. At the museum café they have terrace seating outside from where you can enjoy some light snacks while you look at the garden.
Look at the garden gallery
By the entrance of the garden there are pillows on which you can sit and view the beautiful Japanese garden and traditional paper from Kyoto, Kyokarakami.
Stop by the museum shop and café
Next to the exhibition rooms you can find a museum shop where they sell all kinds of merchandise like all kinds of things having to with Yayoi Kusama’s work. There is also a museum café where many of the menu items are inspired by the artwork displayed at the museum.
Manner & Tips
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・You cannot wear shoes inside the museum.
・Excluding some, taking pictures of the artwork is forbidden.
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Forever Museum of Contemporary Art / フォーエバー現代美術館
|Category||Museums & Galleries|
|Address||570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City 605-0074|
|Directions||The museum is an 8-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station, or a 10-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.|
|Open Hours||10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Entrance until 5:30 p.m.)|
|Closed||Open every day.|
Adults: 1,500 yen, middle school students: 1,000 yen. (During the pre-opening period until February 25, the ticket prices are adults 1,200 yen and middle school students 800 yen.)
|Credit cards||Credit cards are accepted when buying tickets, and also at the museum shop and cafe.|
The access to the museum is easy because it is on Hanamikoji Street, a famous tourist spot. Also, their brochures are in many languages.
|Lanuages spoken||They have a brochure in English, Korean, and simplified and traditional Chinese. Also, they almost always have English and Chinese speaking staff present, though this depends on the shifts.|