Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET)

Open all year / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
Photo by KIOKU Keizo
Photo Kioku Keizo
Photo Kioku Keizo
Photo Nakamura Osamu
Photo Kioku Keizo
Photo Nakamura Osamu

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About the artwork

Permanent Works Artists:Asai Yusuke/Leandro Erlich/Ilya&Emilia Kabakov/Carlos Garaicoa/Kuwakubo Ryota/Kurita Koichi/Nicolas Darrot/Marnix de Nijs/Nakatani Michiko/Nawa Kohei/Carsten Nicolai/Massimo Bartolini feat. Lorenzo Bini/[mé]/Moriyama Daido/Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger
The museum has a permanent collection of 16 works, including new works from 2024, as well as a museum store.*MonET admission fee is required to use the store. Goods are also available in the online store (except for some items).

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 (Last entry 16:30) 
*Opening hours may be shortened during the winter season.
[Permanent exhibition] Adult: ¥1000, U15: ¥500
[Special exhibition (including permanent exhibition) ] Adult: ¥1200, U15: ¥600
(*Depending on the period, Passport for viewing artworks and common tickets may be sold.)
Closed Tue & Wed
*If Tuesday and Wednesday are consecutive holidays, the next business day is closed)
*New Year's holidays 26 Dec, 2023-3 Jan, 2024

*Temporary closing 2024/7/2-12
Area Tokamachi
Village MonET
Open dates Open all year / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
Venue 6-1 Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata
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