Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET)

Open
Throughout the year / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
Photo by KIOKU Keizo

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About the artwork

Echigo-Tsumari is blessed with the bounties of nature, but the site for this building was the town, and special conditions applied. My aim was a building with attractive spaces and architectural characteristics able to attract visitors in their own right. Further, I believe that the structure must enfold nature, which I chose to represent with a pool. For the surrounding space, I chose a pure geometic shape, the square, more beautiful than any other form. It would function to bring new order to a jumbled and messy townspace.Exposed concrete and lavish use of glass would give a quiet appearance to the building, separating the peaceful interior from the noisy outside. Inside, rooms are nested inside each other, a traditional form in Japanese architecture, found in sacred places such as temples and shrines. The building has been renovated and re-opened as a new museum, the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE in July 2012.

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Artwork no. T025
Production year 2003
Opening hours 10:00~17:00(~18:00 29-Apr ~ 13-Nov)
Admission Please purchase the Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET Entrance Fee 1,000JPY / 1200 JPY (the ETAT Period) / 1500JPY (when the special exhibition is held at the pond during the ETAT) or ETAT Passport to view the artworks.
Area Tokamachi
Village MonET
Open dates Throughout the year / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
Venue 6-1 Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata
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