This year, the final year of the Heisei Period, marks the 30th anniversary of the Yokohama Museum of Art, which opened in 1989. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to all of those who have provided us with their assistance and cooperation over the last three decades.
The Yokohama Museum of Art was built in conjunction with YOKOHAMA EXOTIC SHOWCASE’89 (YES ’89), an exposition held in the Yokohama Minatomirai 21 district. The museum officially opened on November 3 (Culture Day) of the same year.
At the time, there were no buildings in the vicinity, providing a panoramic view of the ocean from the solitary facility. In a sense, the Yokohama Museum of Art evolved as we faced a variety of events that came with the Heisei Period such as the development of the Minatomirai 21 area and dramatic changes in social conditions. Although the road has been far from smooth, we have implemented a wide range of projects based on the belief that, regardless of the era, art is an indispensable part of society and life, and that a museum should function as a bridge between art and society.
The theme of the museum’s 30th anniversary is “Your Museum, Your Future.” The three exhibitions scheduled for this year focus on collections. The diverse body of works housed in museums provide the foundation for their activities and distinguish the facilities. In the spring, with the help of a few guest artists, we will present a museum-wide exhibition featuring a wealth of these items. The summer will see an all-encompassing exhibition drawn from the extensive and visionary collection amassed by the Yokohama-based businessman HARA Sankei. And in the fall and winter, we will host an exhibition from the Musée de l’Orangerie, a Paris museum containing the private collections of art dealers such as Paul GUILLAUME. The exhibition will boast an array of outstanding works by the Impressionists and the École de Paris.
Targeting everyone from children to adults, a host of fulfilling educational programs organized in collaboration with schools and local citizens are scheduled throughout the year.
Incidentally, the museum’s collection of photography is also slated to be shown abroad in 2019. This will be a truly joyous occasion, as it has long been our hope to showcase the works outside of Japan.
The year will also be packed with special 30th-anniversary projects, including a symposium, a commemorative book, and special goods. The book, scheduled to be published in late October, will not merely serve as a chronicle of the museum’s activities but also incorporate highly creative content by engaging writers. In addition, it will feature photographs by SUZUKI Risaku and written contributions by writers (rather than artists) in residence OKADA Toshiki and ASABUKI Mariko.
We are deeply appreciative of all of those who have provided us with their support and visited the museum in the past. This year we will once again endeavor to promote the allure of the Yokohama Museum of Art. We would be honored if you pay us a visit.
Director, Yokohama Museum of Art