A Guide to Fukuoka Museums
The Fukuoka Art Museum’s collection consists of modern and contemporary art, i.e. art created in the 20th century or later, and pre-modern art, produced in the 19th century or earlier. The collection is highly diverse both historically and geographically, ranging from around 5000 B.C. to A.D. 2000, and including art of Japan, other Asian countries, and the West, and in terms of media, encompassing painting, sculpture and film as well as folding screens, ceramics, and textiles. This diversity is the most prominent feature of the Fukuoka Art Museum’s collection.
The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum systematically collects modern and contemporary artworks that show the originality and distinctive aesthetics of Asian art without adhering to the framework of ‘fine art’ derived from modern Western values. It sets the principle below aiming at creating a new criterion of the Asian art.
Since its opening in 1974, the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art has collected mainly the masterpieces of western Japanese, modern, block print, and Eastern as well as Western artists. At present, the museum houses about 6,800 works.
Kurume is known all over Japan as the town which turned out great Western-style painters such as Aoki Shigeru and Sakamoto Hanjiro from modern times onwards. With Western-style painters from Kurume as the main focus of our collection, we plan to turn our eyes towards all parts of Kyushu and build up a systematic collection of Kyushu yoga (Western-style painting).