When you step out from the South exit of JR Marugame station (Marugame city, Kagawa prefecture), straight away on your right side you will see the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as MIMOCA.
This form… That’s right, you may have seen it on the wrapping paper of Mitsukoshi department store, right? Coasters using one part of the design are used in the museum café.
This is the 3rd floor exhibition room. The 7-meter tall ceiling is really high! Because of Mr. Inokuma’s personal preference for a sense of liberation, apparently the ceiling was made higher than original planned which is why with the current design you can see the bare ceiling beams. You can sense that they want visitors to be able to relax.
The 2nd floor exhibition room displays the artist’s favorite items and collectibles. From a paint stained apron to used candles… you can hear the breath of days lived. (The contents change every time the exhibition is changes).
Outside the art museum there is an art center and a café. The stairs as well as the square in front of the café are open to local residents to use as communal spaces.
This is cafe MIMOCA mentioned a moment ago when introducing the coasters. The pieces of furniture within the store are by Mr. Inokuma’s friends and artists from the same period: Isamu Noguchi, Hans Wegner, Sori Yanagi, and others.
The cafe is filled with the air that “an art museum is a place where one can come into contact with good things”.
Lunches at the café are also colorful and delicious! For example, Inokuma no hirumeshi (‘Inokuma’s lunch’) JPY1200. (The menu changes monthly.)
The last photograph was taken on the museum’s opening anniversary on November 23rd.
An event is held every year on this day and it is filled with people. Visitors can play with the objects and attend workshops. From children to adults, the visitors had a fun time while coming into contact with real art.
At the “station-front museum” in Marugame, the concept of “everyday life with art museums” has become a reality.
If you pay a visit to MIMOCA, you too may fall more in love with art♪
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art:
Address: 80-1 Hama-machi, Marugame city, Kagawa prefecture
Open: 10.00-18.00 (Entrance until 17.30)
Closed: End of year from Dec. 25th to Jan. 31st and occasionally on other days during the changing of exhibitions
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Yoshikawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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