The permanent collection of this museum centers around works by Shu Ogawara, a painter from Kutchan. The museum also holds special exhibitions featuring works by artists associated with the region and various other events. The museum is also popular for its scenic location, modern building, and compact space filled with sunlight. The magnificent view of Mt. Yotei from the museum lobby is exceptional.
Shu Ogawara (1911 – 2002)
Born in Kutchan Town (formerly Kutchan Village), Shu Ogawara began his career as an avant-garde painter after graduating from Tokyo Fine Arts School (today’s Tokyo University of the Arts). However, he had to give it up because of a lack of creative freedom under Japan’s war regime. After World War II, Ogawara returned to his hometown, where he devoted himself to creative activities for the next 60-odd years. His travels to Tibet and China after he turned 60 inspired him to break new ground in his work.
- Kita 6-jo Higashi 7-chome 1, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
9:00 – 17:00 (last admission: 16:30)
Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) and the year-end and New Year’s holidays
Adults: ¥500 (¥400); High school students: ¥300 (¥200); Elementary and junior high school students: ¥100 (¥ 50)
– Fees in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 10 or more.
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