Artists who have crossed the seas

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa

Ends in 34 days

In this exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa, visitors will be invited to explore the genealogy of the museum’s collection, with around 70 works presented on the theme, “artists who have crossed the seas.”
These works are by artists who left their home country of Japan in order to base their art practice overseas, not for short-term sojourns, but to spend most of their lives working hard to establish themselves abroad. One such artist is Tsuguharu Foujita, who relocated to France at the beginning of the 20th century and became the darling of Ecole de Paris. On the other hand, Isamu Noguchi and Genichiro Inokuma set up their studios in the United States. They became known in Japan for their accomplishments in continuing the work of the Gutai group and the Mono-ha (school of things) movement that were both prominent in postwar avant-garde art of Japan. Currently it is Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, and Takashi Murakami who are taking on the art world both in Japan and overseas.

Venue: 1F Permanent Exhibition Gallery



from April 27, 2017 to November 23, 2017

Website (Japanese) (venue's website)


Adults ¥1000, University and High School students and Seniors over 65 ¥800, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥500, Infants free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Note:Closed from December to mid-April.


Address: 2052-2 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Phone: 02-6731-5141

From the North exit of JR Karuizawa station, take the bus towards Naka Karuizawa and get off at Toshokan mae. The venue is 5 minute walk from there.

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