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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;



Ancient Civilization of the Andes

March 21 ― May 6, 2018

The ancient civilization of the Andes, which flourished on the west coast of the South America, held cultures so diverse that nothing like them can be found in other cultures of the world. From north to south it covered an area of 4000 kilometers, and land elevation spanned from sandy beaches to the highest areas where people can live, reaching a 4500 m. difference in between. Colorfully diverse cultures bloomed in each region. This exhibition introduces Nazca, known for its geoglyphs, the Nazca Lines. We also present to you over 200 pieces, including earthenware, textiles, gold objects, mummies, and other items from the 9 cultures representative of the ancient Andes civilization. Witness the civilization’s 15,000 year history, starting with the settlements from the prehistoric era, until the conquest of the Incan Empire by the Spanish.

Katsuya Kondo: An Animator of Studio Ghibli


July 7- September 24,  2018

Director Hayao Mizayazki places tremendous trust in his overwhelming illustration skill for the captivating expressions and energetic movements that bring his characters to life. He is Mr. Katsuya Kondo (born in Niihama-City in 1963), one of the animators that have come to support and contribute to the radiance of the Studio Ghibli movies. In this exhibition, we have picked approximately 500 of his multi-faceted works focusing primarily on his animation storyboards and character design. Witness how a boy who loved to draw came to soar as an animator and broaden his work, starting with images for Kiki's Delivery Service, The Ocean Waves, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, to illustrations from Ronja, the Robber's Daughter, promotional posters, and more

Leo Lionni

October 6 - December 16, 2018

Leo Lionni (1910-1999) is a well-known artist in Japan for his children’s books such as Swimmy and Frederick, which appeared on textbooks for elementary school. Born in the Netherlands of Jewish descent, Lionni lived and worked in Italy and several areas of Western Europe, before immigrating to the United States in 1939, where he became a successful graphic designer. In 1959, he published his first children’s book which incorporated the use of abstract expressions, titled Little Blue and Little Yellow, and brought nearly 40 children’s books into the world since then. This exhibition focuses on his picture book illustrations, and unites his oil paintings, sculptures, and graphic designs in one place to present his life and creative works.

The Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai: Celebrating the Centennial of Its Birth

 January 4 - February 17, 2019

The Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai was established in 1918 by young and energetic painters of Nihonga (Japanese-style painting). They declared respect for individuality and freedom in creativity. Needless to say that even today, their works continues to shine with abundant imagination and overflowing life imagery. Taisho era (1912-1926) was a period of great change in the style of Nihonga. Guests can view famous and popular works by Bakusen Tsuchida, Chikkyo Ono, and Banka Nonagase in their younger days, collected here from all over the country.

Photographer Saul Leiter: A Retrospective

 March 9 - May 12, 2019

After being active at the forefront of New York fashion since the 1950’s, photographer Saul Leiter (1923-2013) left commercial photography in the 80’s, and disappeared from the scene altogether. He came under the spotlight again in 2006 at age 83, when a collection of his work was published in Germany. Afterwards, exhibitions and publications of his work continued, and a film about his life was also released in 2012 (released in Japan in 2015). This exhibition takes photographs and paintings owned by the Saul Leiter Foundation in New York, together with other important documents and materials related to Leiter, and gathers them all in one location. We explore the creative secrets of the man called the “pioneer of color photography”


Turning Points in Artists’ Careers

May 19 - June 24, 2018

Focusing on the various turning points in an artist’s life, we follow the transitions of their work creative process and related works. Entering college, graduating, finding employment, returning to their hometown, moving, meetings, marriage and so on; what choices did these artists make at each given opportunity? What path did they take as creators and how did their lives change as a result? Additionally, what effects did these changes call forward in their creative process? If we look at their works of art from this point of view, surely we will come to see them in a new light.

This year is also a turning point in that it marks our 15th anniversary since the museum’s grand opening. Thus, we will also be featuring related materials on display with “Banbi Turns 15” as the topic, which looks back on museum activity since its opening. (“Banbi” comes from the first letters of the museum’s Japanese name: Bandaijima Bijutsukan.)