Yamatane Museum of Art
Another Tokyo museum in exhibiting a private collection, the Yamatane Museum of Art houses modern artworks by Japanese artists. Founded by the ex-chairman of the Yamatane Art Foundation, Yamazaki Tomiji, the collection includes traditional Japanese arts including ‘ukiyo-e’, ‘nihonga’ and textiles – including works deemed of ‘national cultural significance’ along with contemporary works by active artists.
The museum combines two exhibition spaces for its permanent collection and special exhibits – between five to six each year – with a focus on the natural world including possession of several artworks by renowned painter Higashiyama Kaii. As such, the museum provides an insight into the relationship between the Japanese mind and the natural world, through depictions of landscapes and wildlife seen in many of the paintings.