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A Guide to Ishikawa Museums

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

(金沢21世紀美術館)

Location: Kanazawa

Web: www.kanazawa21.jp/en/

The collection of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is focused on works produced since 1980 that "propose new values". Artists in the collection are encouraged to produce site-specific installations that become "closely associated with the Kanazawa area". Artists in the permanent collection include; Francis Alys, Matthew Barney, Tony Cragg, Olafur Eliasson, Leandro Erlich, Isa Genzken, Kojima Hisaya, Gordon Matta Clark, Peter Newman, Carsten Nicolai, Giuseppe Penone, Gerhard Richter, Murayama Ruriko, Hiraki Sawa, Atsuko Tanaka, James Turrell, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Anne Wilson and Suda Yoshihiro.

Among the large scale works on permanent display are Leandro Ehrlich's Swimming Pool and Color Activity House by Olaflur Eliasson.

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Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

(石川県立美術館)

Location: Karuizawa

Web: www.ishibi.pref.ishikawa.jp/e_home/

Its collections vary from old fine art works,related to Ishikawa or Kaga-Maeda family, to modern Japanese art: paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, traditional arts and crafts whose artists have something to do with Ishikawa Prefecture. 

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D. T. Suzuki Museum

(鈴木大拙館)

Location: Kanazawa

Web: www.kanazawa-museum.jp/daisetz/english/index.html

The world of Daisetz Suzuki is presented in an idyllic setting that is typical of Kanazawa: landscaped gardens incorporating stone walls and streams set against a background of vivid greenery sloping down from the Kodatsuno plateau. The museum consists of three wings connected by corridors: an Entrance Wing, an Exhibition Wing and a Contemplative Wing, and three gardens: the Vestibule Garden, the Water Mirror Garden and the Roji Garden. Visitors can learn about the philosophy of Daisetz Suzuki and engage in their own contemplation as they move through the wings and gardens.

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Wajima Museum of Lacquer (Urushi) Art

(石川県輪島漆芸美術)

Location: Wajima

Web: www.city.wajima.ishikawa.jp/art/home_english.html

This is the only Museum in Japan which specializes in Lacquer (Urushi) Art. This spacious Museum displays a number of lacquer art works by various artists belonging to different periods, some of whom are members of Art Academy and persons designated as "Living National Cultural Treasure". 

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