The Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in November 2012 in the refurbished west wing of the Oji Branch of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (formerly, the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, designed by Murano Togo). The museum’s primary objectives are to maintain the collection of works that were donated and deposited by Yokoo Tadanori, an artist born in Nishiwaki, Hyogo, and to make them widely accessible to the general public. While primarily using the collection to call attention to Yokoo’s internationally-acclaimed art both inside and outside Japan, the museum holds a diverse range of exhibitions featuring artists in a variety of fields with links to Yokoo and themes related to Yokoo’s works.
In addition to fulfilling ordinary functions such as presenting displays and conserving works, the museum contains several unique facilities. The Archive Room, for example, contains an enormous number of reference materials related to the artist and implements a variety of surveys and other research. This vast store of information reveals the secrets of Yokoo’s creations, reflects his extensive associations with many notable figures, and constitutes an invaluable resource for postwar cultural history. Moreover, the Open Studio presents a host of different events, including lectures, workshops, concerts, and public productions of art, aimed at all generations, from children to adults.
|1936||Born in Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture|
|1956||Begins working at Kobe Shimbun newspaper
|1969||Wins grand prize for prints at 6th Paris Youth Biennale
|1972||Holds solo exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in New York
|1974||Wins gold prize at 5th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw|
|1985||Invited to show in 13th Paris Biennale and 18th Sao Paulo Biennale|
|1986||Participates in Japanese Avant-Garde 1910-1970 exhibition at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris
|1993||Participates in special exhibition at 45th Venice Biennale
|1994||Participates in Japanese Art After 1945 exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum Soho in New York|
|1997||Holds solo exhibition at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura
|2000||Elected to ADC (Art Directors’ Club) Hall of Fame in New York
|2001||Holds solo exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, Toyama and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo|
|2002||Holds solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
|2003||Holds solo exhibition at National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
|2005||Holds solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
|2006||Holds solo exhibition at Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain|
|2008||Holds solo exhibition at Setagaya Art Museum and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Awarded 36th Izumi Kyoka Prize for his novel Blueland (originally serialized in Bungakukai magazine)
|2009||Holds solo exhibition at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
|2010||Holds solo exhibition at National Museum of Art, Osaka
|2011||Holds solo exhibition at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art and Museum of Art, Kochi
Awarded Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by Japanese government
Awarded Asahi Prize
|2012||Participates in Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan at Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Russia and Haifa Museum of Art in Israel
|2013||Receives the Kobe Shimbun Peace Prize
Awarded the title of the first honorary citizen of Nishiwaki City
Teshima Yokoo House opened
The museum collection, totaling approximately 3,000 items, is primarily made up of works that were either donated or deposited by the artist himself.
・In the fourth-floor reading area, you will find information and images related to the works in the museum collection.
- Catalogued materials are available to the general public
(free of charge, appointment required).
- Materials cannot be removed from the archive room.
- Individual users are not allowed to borrow materials from the facility.
- A digital archive and open-access materials are also available in the fourth-floor reading area.
Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art