Our Collections

The Hara Museum Collection

The Hara Museum Collection contains more than 1,000 works of contemporary art consisting of paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos and installations by artists from around the world with a focus on the rich developments in art from the 1950s onward. These artists range from 20th century masters of abstract expressionism and Pop Art to 21st century artists active in the art scene of today.
Works from the Hara Museum Collection are normally featured in regularly scheduled exhibitions at Hara Museum ARC in Gunma, selected according to the respective theme of the exhibition. Works from the collection may also be viewed by appointment in the museum’s Open-view Storage. Permanent collection shows are also organized at the Hara Museum in Tokyo on an irregular basis.

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Open-view Storage at Hara Museum ARC (artworks are regularly changed). Photo: Sadamu Saito

Permanent Installations at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

Integrated into the interior spaces of the museum which was once a 1930s Western-style private residence are a number of unique permanent installations by Yasumasa Morimura, Tatsuo Miyajima, Yoshitomo Nara and other leading artists who have transformed bathrooms, toilets and other utility spaces into works of art. Other outdoor permanent installations may be found at various places within the exterior gardens of the museum.

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My Drawing Room, Yoshitomo Nara, 2004 Photo: Keizo Kioku

Permanent Installations at Hara Museum ARC

Permanent installations at Hara Museum ARC take full advantage of its expansive grounds and lush greenery. These include works by Andy Warhol, Olafur Eliasson, Jean-Michel Othoniel and others. Together with the museum buildings, whose design by Arata Isozaki itself may be considered works of art, these various installations form a landscape dotted with artworks. Displayed within the museum on an indefinite basis are also large-scale installations by Yayoi Kusama and Tabaimo.

Sunspace for Shibukawa, Olafur Eliasson, 2009 ©2009 Olafur Eliasson

The Hara Rokuro Collection

The Hara Rokuro Collection comprises works of traditional East Asian art collected by Rokuro Hara (1842-1933), the great-grandfather of Toshio Hara, who contributed to the industrialization of Japan during the Meiji Era. The collection mainly consists of traditional Japanese paintings, but also includes crafts, calligraphy, and some Chinese art. Noted items include a National Treasure-designated celadon vase representing the epitome of Chinese porcelain; an Important Cultural Property-designated masterpiece of the bijin-ga (beautiful women) genre showing a woman passing through a reed portiere; the scroll painting Landscape of Yodo River by Maruyama Okyo; and partition paintings that originally adorned the Nikko-in Guest Hall at Mi′idera temple (now called Onjo-ji) by Kano Eitoku and other artists of the Kano school. The design of the Kankai Pavilion was inspired by the shoin (drawing room) style of the Nikko-in Guest Hall.

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Landscape of Yodo River (detail) by Maruyama Okyo, 1776