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The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum

The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum

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).
Closed 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 【Exhibition from the collection】

Adults: 310yen, College & High school students: 150yen, Junior High & Elementary School Student: admission free.

*Special exhibitions require an additional admission fee.

Inquiries TEL +81-25-290-6655; FAX +81-25-249-7577;



Photographer Saul Leiter: A Retrospective

March 9 -May 9, 2019

With his innate sensibility for colors, legendary photographer Saul Leiter [1923-2013] captures shining moments that are often overlooked in daily life. After retiring from commercial photography, he found himself under the spotlight at the age of 83 as a pioneer of color photography for his collection of photographs that was published in 2006. Exhibitions and publication of his work in different parts of the world have continued ever since, and in 2017, a long-awaited retrospective was held in Tokyo for the first time. Photos, paintings and other precious works owned by The Saul Leiter Foundation in New York were displayed, creating a huge impact in the area. This will be the third venue for this exhibition, following Tokyo and Itami (Hyogo).

Celebrating MOE Magazine’s 40th  Anniversary: The Secret of Popular Picture Books

July 13- September 23,  2019

Monthly magazine MOE has built a trusting relationship with artists and authors of children’s books and picture books from home and abroad, providing readers with the latest information. To commemorate the magazine’s 40th anniversary, we will showcase original illustrations from 5 popular picture book artists; Yuka Shimada, Komako Sakai, Yuko Higuchi, Shinsuke Yoshitake, and Miwa Nakaya. Their works attract wide audiences of all ages, and we will have about 200 of their precious original illustrations showcased together. The exhibition will also display documents related to the creation of their books, such as sketches, sample books, drafts, and references. Through these, we look at each of the five artists’ talents, and into the worlds they have created.

Imagery in the Taisho Era: Romantic Designs for Women

October 5 -November 24, 2019

The Taisho Era was the period in which printing technology significantly progressed. People enjoyed a variety of images in their daily lives. A great number of writers and artworks made their appearances. Yumeji Takehisa was passionately loved by young people for his unique illustrations of women. Hisui Sugiura is called a pioneer in the field of Japanese commercial design. This exhibition showcases many of the books, magazines, illustrations, ads and postcards of this era.

Tartan: Traditional and Innovative Design

December 14, 2019- March 1, 2020

Tartan refers to fabric made with a pattern of crisscrossing perpendicular lines that first originated in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. The term originally referred to cloth made of wool with this design, but nowadays the design itself is referred to by this name, and is loved throughout the world. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to Tartan in Japan. Featuring approximately 100 tartan fabrics, clothing, and shoes, we have also collected artwork and documents relating to all things Tartan, and will be introducing a wide variety of topics on its historical, social, and cultural background. Come witness tartan of all styles and colors, and enjoy the great number of polished designs that will be on display at this exhibition.

The Doraemon Exhibition Niigata 2020

March 20- May 17, 2020

“Create Your Own Original Doraemon,” Organized under this concept, 28 artists and groups will be presenting their unique art pieces capturing memories of Doraemon at the exhibition in Niigata, March 2020. Since its birth in 1970, Doraemon has been capturing the imagination of audiences across Japan. There is also a great number of Doraemon fans among globally renowned artists who have been touched and inspired by Doraemon. How exciting it is to see these artists expressing their feelings and memories of Doraemon through their work? The exhibition invites you to share the special moment when“art”and“Doraemon”come together.


WHAT’S THIS!? Lots of Art & Lots of Ways to Look at It

May 25 - June 30, 201

This exhibition showcases artworks which we have collected, primarily contemporary art from after 1945. When you hear the words “Contemporary Art,” it may seem a little complicated, but there is no right way to see and interpret each work. This exhibition offers fun ways to look at each work or art; there will be questions to guide you at each area, so guests can enjoy looking at the artwork while searching for the answers. Let’s try to think and search. No prior knowledge is necessary. We also welcome you to chat about the art as you look at it. This exhibit is recommended for families and school outings.