See Kengo Kuma’s gorgeous new gallery at Comico Artwork Museum Yufuin in Oita

Set within the coastal sizzling spring metropolis of Oita in Kyushu is a surprising but little identified Comico Artwork Museum Yufuin. Established in October 2017, this modern artwork house is comparatively new and but it homes works by a few of Japan’s most celebrated artists by the likes of Takashi Murakami, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Kohei Nawa. In reality, even the location itself is a murals, because the museum was designed by starchitect Kengo Kuma. 

Comico Art Museum Yufuin
Photograph: NHN Japan CompanyKohei Nawa’s ‘Ether (lava)’ (2021) on high of the brand new gallery constructing

Lately, Kuma additionally oversaw the growth of the museum, with the brand new constructing set to open on July 1. The brand new gallery has a charcoal black facade to match the opposite buildings on the location, although its putting geometric construction units it aside. The primary ground will characteristic three new areas, whereas the second ground will probably be dwelling to 2 out of doors reveals. Among the many artists to showcase their works within the new constructing’s opening exhibition are Yayoi Kusama, Tatsuo Miyajima, Mariko Mori and Kohei Nawa. 

Comico Art Museum Yufuin
Photograph: NHN Japan CompanyTatsuo Miyajima ‘Time Waterfall – panel #C’ (2020)

Lots of the installations right here, like Miyajima’s ‘Time Waterfall’ and Mori’s ‘Everlasting I’ sculpture, are heightened by the dynamic backdrop of the encircling valley. Their strategic placements encourage viewers to take their time shifting between the areas as they replicate on the artworks. Whereas the museum is a stone’s throw from a number of well-liked onsen resorts, the location additionally has its personal visitor home for individuals who wish to immerse themselves in every part Yufuin has to supply. 

Comico Art Museum Yufuin
Photograph: NHN Japan CompanyTsuchi home

Accomplished simply final yr in 2021, Comico Artwork Home Yufuin is a luxurious lodging designed by – you guessed it – Kengo Kuma. It contains the Tsuchi home and the Take home. Impressed by Satoyama tradition, the place nature and neighborhood are deeply intertwined, each homes boast personal onsens, conventional Japanese gardens and spacious rooms with tatami mat flooring. The one slight snag is that bookings can solely be made by way of direct inquiry on the web site quite than an automatic system – and there’s no telling how a lot a single evening’s keep will price within the busy season. 

Comico Art Museum Yufuin
Photograph: NHN Japan CompanyTsuchi home

Fortunately, admission to the museum itself is reasonably priced, with basic admission set at ¥1,700 (¥1,200 for college college students, ¥1,000 for center and highschool college students, ¥700 for elementary college college students). At present, there is a particular low cost obtainable on-line, the place adults should purchase tickets for ¥1,200 and all college students can enter for ¥700. 

Comico Art Museum Yufuin
Photograph: NHN Japan CompanyYoshitomo Nara ‘Your Canine’ (2017)

Comico Artwork Museum Yufuin is open from 9.30am to five.30pm daily besides Wednesday. For extra info, see the museum web site.

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