National Crafts Museum(Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)Moving from Tokyo to Kanazawa, Ishikawa in 2020

The First National Museum of Art along the sea of Japan side!

Architectural rendering of National Crafts Museum

Left:Old 9th Infantry Division Command Headquarters, Right:Old Army Generals Club

Relocation of National Crafts Museum *

*“National Crafts Museum ” will be used as the common name for Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, after it is relocated to Ishikawa Prefecture.

As part of its regional revitalization policy, the national government of Japan has decided to move certain national government functions out of Tokyo: this includes relocating Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, to Ishikawa Prefecture. National Crafts Museum is the only national art museum in Japan to specialize in crafts, and as a result of its relocation to Ishikawa Prefecture, it will be the first national museum of art along the sea of Japan side.
This museum will serve as a national center for the promotion of crafts, featuring more than 1,900 art and craft works from the collection including some 1,400 works created by preservers of important intangible cultural properties (living national treasures) and members of the Japan Art Academy. All of these works are indispensable in studying the history of Japanese crafts.

Ishikawa Prefecture:Known as a center for crafts, with a rich cultural environment

  • Number of individuals with works selected for the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
    (per capita): 1st place in Japan for 17 consecutive years
  • Number of living national treasures for craft techniques
    (per capita): 1st place in Japan
Construction Site for National Crafts Museum
The Kenrokuen Cultural Zone The Fourth High School Memorial Museum of Cultural Exchange, Ishikawa Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History Kaga-Honda Museum D.T. Suzuki Museum

New Location of National Crafts Museum : The Kenrokuen Cultural Zone

National Crafts Museum will be relocated to the Kenrokuen Cultural Zone of Kanazawa City, where historic structures from the feudal and the modern eras, as well as cultural facilities, are densely clustered within a one-kilometer radius of Kenrokuen Garden.
This area is also an attractive architecture tourism destination, with a number of notable buildings, such as the Ishikawa Red Brick Museum, which is an important cultural property, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which is famous for its circular design.
The relocated National Crafts Museum, together with the existing cultural facilities around it — including the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, which exhibits art and craft works associated with feudal-era and later Ishikawa Prefecture — will allow visitors to this small area to enjoy and learn all about Japan’s crafts.

The Kenrokuen Cultural Zone

Floor Map of National Crafts Museum

Floor Map of National Crafts Museum

Buildings of the Old 9th Infantry Division Command Headquarters and the Old Army Generals Club to be Relocated and Utilized as National Crafts Museum

Both buildings were facilities for the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Army, built during the Meiji era (1868–1912), and were registered as tangible cultural properties of Japan in 1997.
When dismantling these buildings, their parts are carefully removed, one by one, and reused wherever possible after relocation.
During the dismantling work, the colors of the outer walls and the window frames were found to differ from when they were first built. Using this relocation as an opportunity to restore their colors is expected to increase these buildings’ value as cultural properties.

Old 9th Infantry Division Command Headquarters

Used as the offices of the division headquarters

Old 9th Infantry Division Command Headquarters

Before dismantlement

Old 9th Infantry Division Command Headquarters

In 1909

Old 9th Infantry Division Command Headquarters

Left: An impressive staircase made of zelkova wood. Right: Ceiling ornament
To be adjusted after relocation, to maintain the original atmosphere

Old Army Generals Club

Used as a social space for military officers

Old Army Generals Club

Before dismantlement

Old Army Generals Club

In 1909

Old Army Generals Club

Hall on the 2nd floor

Collection

Collection Includes 1,400 Works Produced by Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (Living National Treasures) and Members of the Japan Art Academy

More than 1,900 art and craft works, including some 1,400 works created by preservers of important intangible cultural properties (living national treasures) and members of the Japan Art Academy, will be relocated from the collection.
Works that are indispensable in understanding the history of Japanese crafts will be relocated, and exhibitions of works from this collection, as well as loan exhibitions, will be held.

(All works shown are from the collection at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.)

IIZUKA Rokansai, Flower basket,

IIZUKA Rokansai, Flower basket, "Hoden (holy shrine)", c.1948

TOMIMOTO Kenkichi, Ornamental octagonal box, four-petal flower pattern, overglaze enamels, gold and silver, 1955

TOMIMOTO Kenkichi, Ornamental octagonal box, four-petal flower pattern, overglaze enamels, gold and silver, 1955

SASAKI Shodo, Ornament,

SASAKI Shodo, Ornament, "Auspicious Bird", bronze, lost-wax casting, 1958

About Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

It opened in 1977 as an annex to The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, which was Japan’s first national art museum.
Its collection includes a wide range of all kinds of crafts and design work, from the modern era.
The red brick building (designated as an important cultural property) was originally built in 1910 as the headquarters of the Imperial Guard, and renovated by the architect TANIGUCHI Yoshiro (born in Kanazawa) to preserve and utilize it.

東京国立近代美術館工芸館

Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(Original headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Guard, nationally designated as an important cultural property)

Movies

Relocation of National Crafts Museum Long Ver.
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National Crafts Museum Relocation Overview
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National Crafts Museum Relocated works
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Construction Site Status
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The Kenrokuen Area Cultural Zone Tour
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"The rich cultural soils of the craft kindom of Ishikawa" The Traditional Crafts of Ishikawa
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"The rich cultural soils of the craft kindom of Ishikawa" Artisans of Ishikawa
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主な移転作品

2019年3月27日時点

展示室や収蔵庫となるRC(鉄筋コンクリート)造の躯体工事が終了しました。
この後は、移築・活用する旧第九師団司令部庁舎と金沢偕行社の木造部分の組立作業を行います。

旧第九師団司令部庁舎左側

旧第九師団司令部庁舎左側

旧第九師団司令部庁舎正面

旧第九師団司令部庁舎正面

旧第九師団司令部長者右側

旧第九師団司令部長者右側

旧金沢偕行社後ろ

旧金沢偕行社後ろ

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渡り廊下

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