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Museum Concept
At the Forever Museum of Contemporary Art, Gion-Kyoto (FMOCA), we strive to expose people to a living, breathing tradition that fuses both time-honored and present-day culture.
We are located inside the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater, a well-known hub of traditional Japanese culture. Specifically, we operate our contemporary art museum out of this facility's Yasaka Club, which was completed in 1913 and is registered as a tangible cultural property. FMOCA's exhibition areas, housed in spaces fitted throughout with tatami mat flooring that express the appeal of traditional Japanese architectural design, bring together both traditional and contemporary culture, offering a novel art experience for visitors to enjoy.
Here at FMOCA, we have spent more than 30 years collecting the nearly 700 works of art now in our possession, of which almost 60% are pieces by Yayoi Kusama. In order to provide a comprehensive overview of Kusama's body of work, we worked together with the artist herself to build the FMOCA Yayoi Kusama collection, which contains everything from her early works to art from recent years, with a central focus on the years during and surrounding the 1990s. This collection includes A Boat Carrying My Soul (1989) from the Fuji Television Gallery's individual-artist exhibition displaying Kusama's prominent new works and the 1991 Between Heaven and Earth Exhibition; My Solitary Way To Death (1994) from the My Solitary Way To Death Exhibition also held in 1994; and Yellow Trees (1992), the main piece from the Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum's 1994 individual-artist exhibition. All of these are important nineties-era Kusama works, and we periodically lend them out to the Tate Modern and other art museums and galleries domestically and internationally. We also possess some of her earlier works, including Light from the Ends of the Earth (1950) and Infinity Nets (1963).
In addition to this unique group of Kusama works, our collection includes 352 of her 372 print works (not including Love Forever), which account for about 95% of the pieces she produced in this medium. As a result, FMOCA's collection provides a wide-reaching overview of Kusama's artistic works and endeavors from 1979 to 2016.
In addition to Kusama, our permanent collection includes works from other artists both from Japan and other countries, including Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Long, Tatsuo Miyajima and Oscar Oiwa.


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  • Forever Museum of Contemporary Art, Gion-Kyoto
  • 570-2 Gion-machi (south side), Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074
  • Tel: 075-532-0270
  • Fax: 075-532-0271
Forever Museum of Contemporary Art eum of Contemporary Art