Iwate Museum of Art was opened in October 2001 to acquire, research, conserve, preserve, treasure, and honour masterpieces of local artists such as Tetsugoro Yorozu, Shunsuke Matsumoto, and Yasutake Funakoshi. Are you an art enthusiast that would like to marvel at these timeless artworks? Are you intrigued by what these artists have to offer? From sculptures, paintings, and pottery, you can view it all at this museum.
At the age of sixteen, Tetsugoro Yorozu was inspired by watercolours. By 1914, he found his style in Cubism, creating self-portraits, landscape, and still-life pieces. His work was displayed in various exhibitions throughout his lifetime and beyond. Sadly, he died of tuberculosis in 1927. The current director of Iwate Museum of Art, Harada Hikaru stumbled upon a painting by TetsugoroYorozu displayed below a window in a hall by the castle when he first visited Iwate. After that, he frequently visited Iwate to see more of Yorozu Tetsugoro’s work.
The museum consists of two floors where the second floor is used for permanent exhibitions of Tetsugoro Yorozu, Shunsuke Matsumoto, and Yasutake Funakoshi. There is also a library on this floor for you to study and learn more about fine art. Visitors usually visit the second floor first before exploring the first floor. The building itself is very modern and the abundance of windows brings a nice, open feel to each exhibit. Many people love the fact that the exhibits are created from the unique works of local artists. You also get a nice view of Mt. Iwate through the windows too. There is also a shop within the museum to purchase artistic souvenirs and merchandise to take home. Due to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the museum had all of its temporary exhibitions closed down for almost a year and the temporary exhibitions resumed again after March 2012.
- One event that still occurs up until April 17th, 2016 is the 4th Period event which focuses on the works that involve the human body as the theme. It will also introduce restored works from the Rikuzentakata Museum’s collection.
- – Simultaneously running until March 27th, 2016 is the famous annually held Art Festa Iwate 2015 event. This event consists of award winning works in the fine art competition and some recommended works.
- The next event after these two is Giorgio Morandi – Infinite Variations that will showcase from 16th April 2016 to 5th Jun 2016. Giorgio Morandi is a painter that painted still-life with bottles on a table and ordinary landscape. This is going to be the first retrospective exhibition of Morandi in Japan for 17 years and about 100 of his works will be exhibited with the curatorial support of the Morandi Museum in Bologna, Italy.
- There will also be a lecture by Okada Atsushi and a workshop for still-life drawings on 8th May 2016 and 22nd May 2016 respectively.
Please note that you are not allowed to take photos inside the museum.
For all art lovers out there, this museum is one that you must attend. It’s full of history, beautiful architecture, and masterful works of art. Explore the many wonders of this place and connect with your creative side.