January 27, 2017 12:15 PM

The University Art Museum @Tokyo University of the Arts

The University Art Museum is located in the corner of UENO Park 【上野公園】which is a large public park next to JR UENO Station in central Tokyo. The main part of UENO Park used to be one of the largest temples called Kaneiji Temple【寛永寺】. Today UENO Park is famous for the many museums found on its grounds, especially the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and it's also home to UENO Zoo which is Japan's first zoological garden. The University Art Museum is one of the art museum in UENO.

The University Art Museum is a very unique art museum, because it belongs to the Tokyo University of the Arts. The Tokyo University of the Arts is one of the most prestigious arts universities in Japan, which is equivalent to Royal College of Art in UK, and École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in France. The Tokyo Fine Arts School: the predecessor of Tokyo University of the Arts started to collect art materials for education and research prior to its foundation in 1887. These were first stored in the library called "Bunko 【文庫】" and then were archived in the University Library for many years after the unification of Tokyo Fine Arts School and Tokyo Music School in 1949. The museum collection has been gathered as material for education and research at Tokyo University of the Arts. Today this collection is one of Japan's largest with about 29,000 art works collected according to this purpose, including 22 works designated as national treasures or important cultural properties.

The 65th Graduation Works Exhibitions is held at the University Art Museum at the moment. Dates: Jan 26th - Jan 31, 2017 Hours: 9:30 -17:30 *Jan 31 until 12:30 ( Entry by 12:00 ) Many art collectors, curators and art dealers check this show to find young talented artists from the University.



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Seiya Kato
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