Overview and history
History of the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art
The Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido is a unique art museum that celebrates the accomplishments of Migishi Kotaro, a Sapporo-born painter who left a profound mark on the history of modern Western art in Japan from the Taisho to the early Showa era (the 1920s through the early 1930s).
The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits his works and other related materials, while also conducting research and promotion activities.
Four members of the family of Migishi Kotaro, including Migishi Setsuko, donated 220 of his works to Hokkaido, which led to the opening of the museum in 1967 as the first art museum in Hokkaido, the Hokkaido Prefectural Museum of Art (the Migishi Kotaro Memorial Room), located at Kita 1-jo Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo.
Later, with the opening of the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, the museum was renamed the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido and reopened in 1977. In 1983, a new building was constructed at the current location, incorporating the image of the studio that Migishi envisioned, and the museum was relocated--turning a new page in its history.
Since then, the museum has held the permanent exhibition of its collection featuring Migishi Kotaro’s representative works throughout his life, special exhibitions highlighting his art from various perspectives, as well as lectures and music concerts.
On the occasion of the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the nickname "mima" was chosen through a public contest to further increase awareness of the museum. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of Migishi, the museum has further expanded the scope of its activities by introducing younger artists in Hokkaido and planning a variety of programs in cooperation with museums in and outside of the prefecture.
|March 1967||The Hokkaido Prefectural Art Museum Ordinance was enacted.|
|May 1967||220 works of Migishi Kotaro and related materials were donated.|
|July 1967||A presentation ceremony of Migishi Kotaro's works was held.|
|September 1967||The opening ceremony for the Hokkaido Prefectural Museum of Art (the Migishi Kotaro Memorial Room) was held, and the museum first opened to the public. (Location: Kita 1-jo Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo)|
|March 1977||The decision was made to change the museum's name to the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido.|
|June 1977||The museum opened as the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido.|
|November 1980||Music concerts in the exhibition rooms (museum concerts) began.|
|March 1983||The new building was completed for the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido. The museum relocated in April. (Kita 2-jo Nishi 15-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo)|
|July 1983||The inauguration and opening ceremony of the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido was held, and the new museum was first opened to the public|
|October 1987||A special exhibition titled Kishida Ryusei and Migishi Kotaro was held, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum.|
|April 1988||Admission fees were introduced and the museum started to hold special exhibitions twice a year (this was changed to once a year in 2007).|
|June 1992||A special exhibition titled the Migishi Kotaro and Migishi Setsuko Exhibition was held, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the museum.|
|April 2003||An exhibition titled the Migishi Kotaro Exhibition was held, commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth.|
|April 2011||The organization of the museum was integrated with that of the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.|
|September 2013||Celebrating the 110th Anniversary of his Birth: The Migishi Kotaro Exhibition was held.|
|April 2017||The museum celebrated its 50th anniversary (since its establishment as the Hokkaido Prefectural Museum of Art in 1967) and chose the nickname "mima" from a public contest.
A special exhibition titled Otomo Yoshihide Archive + Migishi Kotaro Works (a 50th anniversary event and official program of the Sapporo International Art Festival 2017) was held.
|February 2018||The museum was renovated.
The 50th Anniversary/Renovation Commemorative Exhibition: mima and Artists for Tomorrow—Nightmares and Poesies was held.
Museum management policies
Collecting and preserving outstanding works
We collect outstanding works of art that contribute to our purpose of honoring the work of Migishi Kotaro, and are committed to enriching a collection that provides a comprehensive view of his art.
Promoting diverse and unique exhibitions
Through exhibitions (the exhibition of our collection and special exhibitions) that take a variety of approaches to the art of Migishi Kotaro, we aim to further showcase the unique charm of his works, deepen people's understanding of them, and increase people's familiarity with Migishi and the museum.
Providing learning opportunities to provide information and enrich culture
We engage in a variety of educational activities related to our exhibitions and the works of Migishi Kotaro, and develop programs to help increase interest in Migishi and his art among a wider range of people. We also seek to disseminate information effectively and to provide more information for a deeper understanding of Migishi Kotaro.
Promoting research as the basis for our activities
We conduct research on Migishi Kotaro and museum activities from various perspectives. In addition, in order to deepen understanding of the art of Migishi, we gather and accumulate a variety of information on the artist, supporting and cooperating with both scholars and members of the general public.
Promoting local culture
We work to forge stronger ties to local organizations and scholastic education programs in an effort to spark interest and increase opportunities to be familiar with museums and art culture through projects and programs that involve the local community.
Maintaining a positive environment
We organize our exhibitions by maximizing the museum’s unique features, such as its architecture inspired by Migishi Kotaro’s studio and its location in the garden of the Governor’s Official Residence, to ensure that visitors can spend their time comfortably in the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the exhibition space. We also try to better serve our visitors and enhance the amenities offered through our facilities and equipment.