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The Kyocera Museum of Art in Kyoto is reopened on a large scale!
The Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art reopened on May 26th after a major three-year renovation.
⭐︎ Kyoto City Museum of Art is reopened!
 ⭐︎ Reservations are required online or by phone the day before to enter!
 ⭐︎ To be able to enter, there must be someone living in Kyoto Prefecture who is a member!
 ⭐︎ Advance reservation is until June 7, but there may be changes due to corona conditions!
 ⭐︎ Viewing time is less than 1 hour!
 ⭐︎ A mask must be worn!
What has changed? ?
To the northeast of the site will be a new Higashiyama Cube, which has an area of approximately 1,000 m² and a contemporary art exhibition room with a ceiling height of 5 m, a storage room, a back office and a roof garden. In addition to contemporary art, the exhibition space equipped with high-performance, state-of-the-art equipment that supports various expressions presents contemporary cultural and art scenes such as animation, comics, fashion, architecture, and design. You can also see the magnificent Higashiyama from the rooftop garden "Higashiyama Cube Terrace".
The two inner courtyards of the main building, which have not been used until now, will be reborn as a multifunctional large space that makes use of the design at the time of completion. The courtyard of the North Corridor "Hall of Lights" has a balcony on the second floor and a large glass roof. By creating an indoor space where light can enter, it has become possible to flexibly use it as a venue for reception events, an exhibition space for special works, etc.
 The courtyard of the Southern Corridor, "Tennochuba", is an open and relaxing space where you can come into contact with the fresh outside air, and you can also use it as an exhibition space for your works and workshops.
The main building, which has been popular for a long time since its opening, will be reborn with updated equipment while preserving the historical architectural design as much as possible. On the first floor of the "Southern Corridor", a new collection room (about 1,000 m2) will be set up to display the stored items. You can enjoy the masterpieces of Kyoto paintings at any time by displaying selected works from the collection according to the season. The 2nd floor of the "South Corridor" will be a space where you can enjoy art in the natural light while maintaining the original design.In addition to the 2nd floor of the "South Corridor," the "North Corridor," which takes advantage of the history and tradition of a profound museum space, allows visitors to experience various arts both in Japan and abroad. We will hold special exhibitions co-sponsored with other museums, international traveling exhibitions, and open exhibitions by art groups.
With this renovation, the function of the 16m high ceiling display room located in the center of the main building will be changed from the lobby of the main entrance on the first basement floor to the "central hall", which is connected by a grand staircase.
 Three floors from the first basement to the second floor, as well as a "North Corridor" and "South Corridor", "Higashiyama Cube" and "Japanese Garden" can be used as a hub for freely moving and hanging works from the ceiling. Mechanisms, balconies, spiral staircases, etc. that can be exhibited at a low speed will accelerate the coming and going of lively people.
Okazaki is Kyoto's premier cultural and exchange zone, where various cultural and historical resources and open spaces rich in water and greenery are concentrated. Kyocera Square, a slope-shaped plaza that opens in front of the museum, is a landscape where people visiting Okazaki can enjoy the excursion and interaction, as well as providing a place for daily relaxation and outdoor activities such as art exhibitions, performances, and events. It is a space where people can always gather and live.
 The facade of the main building is lit up at night, creating a magnificent view of Kyoto, which has accumulated history. At the time of a large-scale event using the entire "Kyocera Square", the audience will naturally sit on a gently sloping surface and face the main building façade, and the museum and plaza will become an integrated space.
In front of the "Kyocera Square" and on the basement 1st floor of the main building, the facade, which is the most important symbol of this renewal project, is the "glass ribbon". This transparent and light streamlined design not only shows a beautiful fusion with historical architecture, but also functions as a place to connect the inside and outside of the museum such as the main entrance, museum shop, and cafe. The liveliness of the museum spreads through the "glass ribbon" to the town of Okazaki.
On the first basement floor on the northwest corner of the site, we will newly establish a space called "The Triangle", which is mainly for emerging artists. We named it "The Triangle" because the shape of the ground part is triangular and it is a base that connects the three "writer, museum and world (viewer)". Through this light triangle, various art works will be transmitted to the town. It is accessible from the ground and the first basement floor.
A Japanese garden that is said to have been involved in the garden design by Harubei Ogawa, the seventh generation. It is open as a place of relaxation and fun.
A two-story Western-style building constructed at the same time as the main building. It is planned to be renovated into a restaurant facility that has a cultural element while maintaining its appearance.
The Kyoto City Kyocera Museum is the oldest existing public museum architecture in Japan. In this renewal, we are trying to preserve the historical space and design of the original building as much as possible. The four halls in the north, south, east, west, and north areas have the characteristic marble walls, mosaic tiles on the floor, and stucco ceilings.
 In the eastern hall, there is a corner to introduce the "Kyoto Award", an international award that celebrates those who have made a great contribution to the fields of science, technology, thought and art.
What are the opening hours and closed days?
 Opening hours 
 10: 00 ~ 18: 00
 * Admission 30 minutes before closing

  Closed day 
 Monday * Open on national holidays /New Year holidays
Admission is restricted by advance reservation!
1 Opening date
 Tuesday 26th May 2020 10:00

 2 Admission restrictions by advance reservationAs a measure against infectious diseases, admission is restricted by prior reservation for each exhibition. In addition, only people residing in Kyoto Prefecture, including those accompanying , can make reservations. Please note that we will cancel if you make a reservation outside of Kyoto. 
 * Those who have advance tickets or invitation tickets must make advance reservations.
(1) Pre-booking period May 26, 2020 (Tue) to June 7, 2020 (Sun) * Closed on June 1, 2020 (Mon)

 * Depending on the status of the new coronavirus infection, we will continue to restrict admission by reservation in advance after June 9, 2020. We will inform you of the reservation start date and time and the applicable period when continuing the advance reservation system on our website.

 (2) Target exhibition
 ① Kyoto City Kyocera Museum Opening Exhibition "Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pure Land of Ruri"
 ② Collection Room Spring
 ③ Kyoto City Kyocera Museum Opening Exhibition "Kyoto's Dream of 250 Years: The First Step: The Origin of the Collection"
 * Reception starts from Friday, May 29th. Pre-booking period: June 2 (Tue) -June 7 (Sun)
 * If you wish to view multiple exhibitions, advance reservations are required for each exhibition.

 (3) Capacity
 50 people every 30 minutes (between 10:00 and 17:00)
 * Please come to the main entrance during the reserved time.

 (4) How to make a reservation
 ① Reservation will be accepted on the reservation site of the hotel or by phone.
 Reservation site:  https://reserva.be/kyotocitykyoceramuseum 
 Telephone number: 075-761-0239 (10:00 to 18:00)

 ② Reception period: From May 22, 2020 (Friday) to the day before the viewing date.* The website is open 24 hours a day (however, the reception start date is from 10:00), and the telephone is from 10:00 to 18:00.
 * First come, first served. Registration will end as soon as the capacity is reached.
 * We will confirm the address, name, and phone number of all reservations and accompanying persons at the time of application. Please prepare in advance.

 (5) Remarks
 ①Please pay the viewing fee at the ticket counter on the day.
  ②We accept up to 4 people including the reservation person. Group applications cannot be accepted.
 ③ The viewing time is less than 1 hour.
 ④ Please wear a mask in the hall.
 ⑤ If you have a cold, please refrain from entering. 

 3 Check the temperature of visitors
 At the time of admission, we will check the body temperature by thermography etc. at the main entrance in consideration of privacy. Please note that those who have reserved in advance  who have a fever of 37.5 degrees or higher during the body temperature check will not be able to enter. 

 4 Measures against infectious diseasesAs a countermeasure against infectious diseases, we will take the following measures.
 (1) Installation of hand antiseptic solution
 (2) Disinfecting handrails and coin lockers as needed
 (3) Staff temperature measurement, wearing a mask

 5 Change of exhibition schedule
 Due to the postponement of the opening date, the originally planned exhibition schedule for 2020 will be changed. Please see this page. The schedule may be further changed depending on the situation of new coronavirus infections in the future.
Greetings from the director during the renewal!
An opportunity to meet a world we didn't know about,
 The time to think about yourself,
 To be comforted by coming from the work,
 Every experience at such a museum was very important to us.

 To recover that experience from this disaster,
 The hotel will take all possible measures to prepare and open it on May 26th.

 Welcome! ‥
 And thank you!
 This museum explores the ideal way of a museum in the "new normal" era.

 Director Jun Aoki


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