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National Museum of Modern Art
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Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions
Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions

As it happened, most Japanese people disliked modern art, which seemed strange and incomprehensible to them. To remedy this situation, the first National Museum of Modern Art in the country was established in Tokyo in 1952.

Initially, the institution was located in the former headquarters of the Japanese entertainment company named Nikkatsu Corporation. The building was reconstructed and prepared specifically for the needs of the museum by architect Kunio Maekawa. However, since the museum's collection grew rapidly, in 1969, the institution moved to another place prepared by the architect Yoshio Taniguchi.

Since its opening, the National Museum of Modern Art or MOMAT has been striving to increase the interest of local and foreign audiences in the contemporary art of Japan of the 20th-21st centuries. Today, its collection includes more than 13 thousand exhibits that reflect all facets of the latest artistic trends in the country.

The main building of the museum with a total area of 4.5 thousand square meters houses about two hundred important works that influenced the formation and development of modern national art. Among them are the usual prints, paintings, and sculptures, as well as unusual videos and photos. Starting with the collections on the fourth floor and gradually descending to the lower floors, guests of the museum get acquainted with the evolution of the artistic expressiveness of diverse Japanese art. In addition to the exhibition halls, a library, a restaurant, a shop, and a lounge area are open to visitors.

Another building of the museum is occupied by the Crafts Gallery. Opened in 1977, it features craft and design exhibits not only from Japan but also from other countries around the world. Here you can see traditional dolls, works of graphic and industrial design, as well as products made of bamboo, clay, wood, varnish, metal, glass, and textiles.

The National Film Center, located in the original MOMAT building, is another branch of the institution. It appeared with the opening of the museum as one of the directions of its work. Since then, it has accumulated a collection of 40 thousand films and other video materials representing the cultural heritage of Japan.

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