The museum building with the distinctive symmetrical stonework exterior was designed by a leading Japanese architect the late Kenzo Tange. A long colonnade extends along the 180-meter façade. The galleries are placed in the central part of the building which is characterized by the distinctive eight-story semi-cylindrical tower, with workshops at the right end of the building and the Art Information and Media Center at the left end of the building. The design of the building symbolizes “look,” “create” and “learn” which the museum places importance on.
The Grand Gallery
The Grand Gallery is the museum’s symbolic space, which includes the 20-meter high expansive entrance hall space surrounded by granite which continues up through the 2nd and 3rd floors, and a 100-meter terraced gallery space which extends to the left and right of the entrance hall. The entrance hall is used to hold receptions and other events for large numbers of visitors.
Exhibition rooms are situated on the floor above the Grand Gallery. They can be accessed by escalator from the Grand Gallery. The right half of the floor is mainly used to hold themed exhibitions and the left half of the floor is used to exhibit the museum collection. There are sevenexhibition rooms on the floor including three rooms for themed exhibitions and four rooms for the museum collection including the Photography Gallery. The exhibition rooms have equipment which enables the exhibition of various art works such as works which require precise temperature and humidity control and large installations. There is an impressive seven-meter high exhibition rooms on each side of the floor. One is circular and the other is square, both of these shapes are used throughout the museum building.
Art Gallery 1 and Art Gallery 2
These two multi-purpose galleries facing the Art Plaza in the front court of the museum can be used for exhibitions, lectures and various other events. In recent years, the galleries have been used for the New Artist Picks(NAP) exhibitions where young up-and-coming artists are introduced, as well as for training sessions for the museum’s volunteers.
Art Information and Media Center
Photo: KATO Ken
Art Information and Media Center is where art-related information (e.g., books and videos) collected by the museum is sorted, stored and made available to citizens and researchers. The center has more than 110,000 books including art books and magazines from Japan and abroad, and about 580 video titles. Anyone can use the center for free.
The Children’s Workshop
Photo: KASAGI Yasuyuki
The Children’s Workshop offers a space for infants and students aged up to 12 to learn about art through hands-on experience. At the workshop, we hold the School-Oriented Program on weekdays, and programs on plastic art and the appreciation of art for individuals on weekends and holidays. Activities are mainly conducted in the Multipurpose Studio, the Craft Studio and the A.V. Studio.
The Citizens’ Workshop
Photo: KASAGI Yasuyuki
The Citizens’ Workshop is used to hold art creation programs for citizens aged 12 years old and over so that they can become more familiar with art. Various programs that can only be provided at an art museum are held throughout the year at the fully-equipped Two-dimensional Media Room, Three-dimensional Media Room and Printmaking Room, with the guidance of artists and specialized staff.
It is a fully equipped event hall with 240 seats which is designed for fine art and other cultural and artistic activities. It hosts events related to exhibitions, as well as lectures, concerts, recitals, plays and other events. It can also be rented by members of the public.
Photo: KATO Ken
The Museum Shop faces the Art Plaza. Original goods featuring artworks from the museum collection and exhibition-related goods are about 1000 items that are always available for purchase at the shop. The Shop is open to everyone.
Photo: YANAKA Yuichiro
This spacious cafe with natural light coming through the window facing the Art Plaza has about 60 seats in a large space. It is one of the largest cafes in the Minatomirai area. It serves a variety of drinks, desserts and snacks as well as special menus inspired by the exhibitions which are popular among visitors along with various cultural events. The cafe is open to everyone.
At this restaurant located at the left end of the façade, visitors can enjoy traditional French cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Susumu SUSUMU’s work 《Wind Musical Notes》 installed outside can be viewed from the window seats.