Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
About Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
The oldest public art museum in Japan devoted exclusively to contemporary art, housing over 1400 works. Holds special exhibitions several times each year.
Opening in 1989 as the first modern art museum in Hiroshima, the Hiroshima MOCA was also the first public museum in Japan dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.
The permanent collection features over 1400 works of modern art by both Japanese and foreign artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Henry Moore. The museum prides itself on its commitment to diverse, wide-ranging displays, including works from new spheres such as design and architecture, and works by potential young artists.
Standing on Hijiyama hill, the grounds include 17 sculptures including Henry Moore’s bronze “Arch”, framing a spectacular view over the city. Surrounded by a public park, the area is a popular hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) spot during cherry blossom season.
Special exhibitions are on display several times per year, along with other events including lectures and in-person talks by artists. Admission prices vary for these exhibitions but are typically around Y1300.
Designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa, the building itself is a work of art and incorporates influences from classical, Greek and Japanese architecture.