The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum opened in July of 2003 as a branch of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s mission is as follows: to collect contemporary art works, especially those dating from 1945 onwards; to actively introduce not only Western art but also Asian art, especially from neighboring countries and regions such as Korea, China, and the Russian Far East; and to support artists who live in or have a connection with Niigata prefecture.
|Address||5-1, Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata, 950-0078, JAPAN|
|Accessibility||A 25-minute walk or 8-minute taxi ride from Niigata station’s Bandai exit. Bus services are also available (No.5 bus bound for the Sado-Kisen terminal).|
|Hours||10:00 – 18:00 (Admission ends 30 minutes before closing).|
Mondays (When a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will be closed on the following Tuesday.), New Year’s holiday, and maintenance periods
|Admission Fee||Adults: 310yen, College & High school students: 150yen, Junior High & Elementary School Student: admission free. Special exhibitions require an additional admission fee.|
TEL +81-25-290-6655; FAX +81-25-249-7577;
April 29 – June 26, 2016
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was a genius who died young at the end of the 19th century. He studied Japanese art, particularly ukiyo-e, and left us numerous masterpieces in a creative period that lasted not even six years. Among them, his illustrations of Oscar Wilde’s play Salome have become famous. The influences of his work were felt all the way in Japan, and there are many works from the Taisho period from which these influences can be felt. This exhibition places Beardsley at its core and examines the exchange of art between Great Britain and Japan through some 270 art pieces.
July 16 – October 10, 2016
Studio Ghibli’s layouts are single pieces of paper that each show the background and character placements, movement indications, and camera movement that provide everything that’s to be expressed in each cut. They are the blueprints of a film. In this exhibition, with the cooperation of Studio Ghibli and the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, there are approximately 1,300 works on display, focusing on the hand-drawn artwork of director Hayao Miyazaki, from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to When Marnie Was There. It also includes directors Miyazaki and Takahata’s work from before Ghibli. This incredible exhibition allows people to explore the secret behind Ghibli productions that makes them so amazing.
December 17, 2016 – February 12, 2017
Tomoko Konoike, born in 1960 in Akita Prefecture, is a highly regarded artist both domestically and abroad. Her installations make use of paintings, sculptures, animations, and picture books to depict modern-day myths and legends. Since the Tohoku Earthquake of 2011, she came to believe that the act of human beings to make things is the “primordial violence” for nature. She seeks to consider the question “Why do human beings make things ?” in these days. In this exhibition, we see new artworks of her, each one the product of moving away from her previous creations and finding a new perspective.
March 4 – June 11, 2017
This is the first large-scale exhibition in Japan to introduce Marimekko, a renowned Finnish design house. With over 200objects including around 50 fabrics, around 60 vintage dresses, designer’s original sketches, and exclusive screen images of their interviews and the printing factory at the Marimekko headquarters in Helsinki, the visitors can experience over 60 years-history of Marimekko, as well as the designers’ unique work and contribution.
March 12 – April 17, 2016
After coming to the museum and looking at the exhibit, what kind of impression will you leave with? Will you recall each piece in detail? Whether you’re interested in modern art and design or not, if you’re considering visiting the museum, this is your chance to experience a new world. Rather than simply looking at each piece as you pass, why not linger a little longer on each? The exhibition will focus on new pieces from the museum’s collection that were made around 2000. This is an opportunity to experience these pieces and the exhibition venue through a fresh perspective.
October 27 – December 4, 2016
From the museum’s collection, we have on display pieces from artists of varying fields from their adolescence (primarily their 20s). They’re still searching for their style at this point in time, but they already possess great power of expression and come from different backgrounds. What they all have in common, however, is the sincerity and sensitivity that can be felt in their work. The work produced by those artists who passed away at a young age and the work produced at a young age by those who found success later in life, the pieces on display inspire patrons of all ages.