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Mogamigawa Museum of Art - Mashimo Keiji Memorial Museum

更新日:2018年1月19日

From the Mogamigawa Museum of Art, you can enjoy the beautiful view on the Mogamigawa river and the surrounding fields.

On the 1st of January 2016, the "Mashimo Keiji Memorial Museum" changed its name to "Mogamigawa Museum of Art".

The Mogamigawa Museum of Art first opened its doors in November 2014 as the "Mashimo Keiji Memorial Museum & Art Museum", in commemoration of the 50th year of Murayama City as a municipal organization. The museum made name by showing the beauty of Mashimo Keiji's Mogamigawa river paintings from Ooyodo, and more.

On the 1st of January 2016, the museum was named "Mogamigawa Museum of Art" after the Mogamigawa river, mother of the Yamagata prefecture.

Ever since, the museum has aimed to exhibit a wide variety of works related to the Mogamigawa river and Yamagata Prefecture, and to make the beauty of the river known throughout the country.

Mashimo Keiji

Introduction


1992, in Ooyodo

Let me paint.....
Our mother the Mogamigawa river

Born and raised in the Yamagata prefecture, the painter Mashimo Keiji loved Yamagata's nature
and spent his days painting views on the Mogamigawa river.
From his atelier in Ooyodo, Murayama, Mashimo Keiji put on canvas the three rough spots of the river: Goten, Sangase and Hayabusa.
He left behind a great number of magnificent paintings, covering the Mogamigawa river's expressions of all four seasons.

"The willow on the river bank buds.
And before long, the plum, peach and cherry trees blossom one after another.
Like a tribute to spring.
I too, feel like I have been liberated from something; I have to paint my beloved blossoming cherry and peach trees on the opposite bank, at the foot of Mt. Hayama, still covered in the remaining snow."

Mashimo Keiji passed away in 1993, at the age of 79.
However, through the depictions of the Mogamigawa river, his brilliant works still breathe his pursuit of universal beauty and love for his birth-place.

Chronological Record of Mashimo Keiji's Life
Year Event
1914 Is born in Tsutani, Tozawa-mura of the Mogami district in the Yamagata prefecture.
1931 Graduates from Kyuusei Shinjou junior high school. Enters the department of arts at the Bunkagakuin and becomes apprentice of Hakutei Ishii, among others.
1934 Enters the Nika art research center and studies under Morikazu Kumagai, among others.
1940 Submits his painting“Yuki no Mogamigawa”to the “2600 year anniversary of the foundation of Japan art exhibition”. The painting is purchased by the Italian government.
1942 Submits his painting“Mogamigawa Bosetsu”to the 6th Issuikai exhibition, and wins the Issuikai prize.
1946 In March he submits his painting “Mogamigawa Toukei”at the 1st Nitten exhibition. The painting wins a special commendation, and is bought by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
In October he submits his painting “Sekkei”to the 2nd Nitten exhibition, and also gets a special commendation. From then on, he was able to submit paintings without approval of the selection committee.
1951 Becomes a lecturer at Yamagata University’s department of education.
1958 Receives the 4th edition of the Saitou Mokichi Culture award.
1959 Submits his painting “Touka”to the 21st Issuikai Exhibition, and receives the committee honorable mention award.
1960 Becomes a member of the Issuikai.
1964 Becomes an assistant professor at the Yamagata University department of Education.
1967 Submits his work“Mogamigawa Mizore”to the 10th Shin-Nitten exhibition, and receives the Kikka prize.
1968 Becomes professor at the Yamagata University department of Education.
1971 Becomes judge at the 3rd revised Nitten exhibition, after which he will be a judge three more times. He builds an atelier in Ooyodo, Murayama city.
1972 Retires from his position at the Yamagata University department of Education. Becomes a member of Nitten.
1977 Becomes a permanent member of the Issuikai.
1986 Becomes a trustee at Nitten.
1992 Receives the 7th edition of the Koyama Keizou art prize. Opens a recollection exhibition at Takashimaya in Nipponbashi.
1993 Passes away in September at the age of 79.
Record of Exhibitions (excluding Issuikai and Nitten submissions)
Year Exhibitions
1942 5th Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Art Exhibition
1944 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology War Time Special Art Exhibition
1948 Sakata City Homma Museum of Art (two person exhibition)
1950 4th Art Association Alliance Exhibition
1951 Yamagata City Art Hall (solo exhibition)
1953 2nd Japan International Art Exhibition
1954 1st Modern Japan Art Exhibition
1956 2nd Modern Japan Art Exhibition
1957 4th Japan International Art Exhibition
1958 3rd Modern Japan Art Exhibition
1959 5th Japan International Art Exhibition
1960 4th Modern Japan Art Exhibition
1963 Ginza Takegawa Gallery (solo exhibition)
Yamagata Prefectural Community Center (solo exhibition)
Shinjou City Ajikiya Gallery (solo exhibition)
1965 Ginza Shiseidou Gallery (solo exhibition)
1967 Sakata City Homma Art Museum (solo exhibition)
Yamagata Prefectural Community Center (solo exhibition)
1968 Ginza Nichidou Gallery (solo exhibition)
1970 Sukiyabashi Nichidou Salon (solo exhibition)
1974 Tokyo Central Saton (solo exhibition)
1976 Ginza Shiseidou Gallery (solo exhibition)
1978 Ginza Gallery Shiki (solo exhibition)
Yamagata City Saigadou (solo exhibition)
Sakata City Shimizuya (solo exhibition)
1979 Tokyo Yuukiya Gallery (solo exhibition)
1980 Ginza Shiseidou Gallery (solo exhibition)
1981 Sakata City Homma Art Museum (solo exhibition)
Ooishidachou History and Ethnology Museum (solo exhibition)
1982 Murayama City Community Hall (solo exhibition)
1983 Yamagata City Juujiya (solo exhibition)
1984 Ginza Shiseidou Gallery (solo exhibition)
1985 Ginza Gallery Shiki (solo exhibition)
Matsuyamachou Museum (solo exhibition)
1992 Ginza Shiseidou Gallery (solo exhibition)
Nipponbashi Takashimaya (solo exhibition)

Building Details

Looking out over the Mogamigawa river, the museum is located on the gentle slopes of a hill covered in Japanese cedar trees, and blends in with its surroundings. Especially the lounge on the front side, which looks out over the Mogamigawa river in the Ooyodo direction, is a space in which you can immerse yourself in an aftertaste of Mashimo Keiji's works. The wooden structure of this museum was built using a pioneering building technique. It also uses a local energy recycling pallet stove, making it an environment friendly building.

Museum grounds area: 4,220 square meters
Museum building area: 723.6 square meters
Lead Architectural Design & Planning: Takamiya Shinsuke
Interaction Building: Wooden structure (1F), 468.5 square meters (forest study room, cultural activity room, lounge, office, etc.)
Exhibition Building: Concrete structure (1F), 198.7 square meters
Stove Building: Wooden structure (1F), 56.4 square meters (pallet stove storehouse, silo, etc.)

Visitor Information

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closing Days: Every Wednesday, days after national holidays and during the New Year's holidays
(additionally, non-regular closing times occur during exhibition setup, etc.)

Entry Fees: adults 300 Yen, elementary- and middle school children 150 Yen
(groups of 15 people or larger: adults 250 Yen, elementary- and middle school students 100 Yen)

Discounts

Visitors who possess a disability certificate (障がい者手帳) will receive a 50% discount upon showing it at the entrance.
The discount is also available for up to one assisting visitor.
Please contact us for more detailed information.

Access

Bus (from Sendai)

From JR Sendai Station to JR Murayama Station: 1 hour with the Yamako 48 Liner Bus
From JR Murayama Station: 10 minutes by taxi

By Train (From Tokyo)

From JR Tokyo Station to JR Murayama Station: 3 hours by Yamagata Shinkansen
From JR Murayama Station: 10 minutes by taxi

By Car

From Sendai: about 1 hour
Sendai → Highway 48 → Higashine → Highway 13 → Murayama

From Fukushima: about 2 hours
Fukushima → Touhoku Expressway → Murada Junction → Yamagata Expressway → Yamagata Junction → Touhoku Central Expressway → Higashine Interchange → Highway 13 → Murayama

From Akita: about 3.5 hours
Akita → Akita Highway → Yokote Junction → Yuzawayokote Highway → Yuzawa Interchange → Highway 13 → Murayama

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Building Guide

美術館平面図
Building Map

Architect: Takamiya Shinsuke

高宮眞介氏
Takamiya Shinsuke

Born in 1939 in Tateoka, Murayama City. Graduated from the Architecture department of the Engineering faculty of Nihon University in 1962. He entered the Obayashi Corporation's design department. In Denmark, he established the Krone Rasmussen studio and became one of the board members. In 1996 he became a professor at the Architecture department of his former university. His most notable designs include: Shiseido Art House (Japan Architecture Studies Society Award), Kanazawa Municipal Library (Ishikawa Prefecture Architecture Award), Kitashiobara village Town Hall & Community Center in Fukushima Prefecture (Fukushima Prefecture Architecture and Culture Award), Ken Domon Museum of Photography (Touhoku Architecture Award), Sakata City National Gymnastics Memorial Gym in Yamagata Prefecture (Architect Association Award), Tokyo Sea Life Park (Public Architecture Award), etc.

Mashimo Keiji Memorial Museum Art Club Membership

We are currently recruiting members for the Mashimo Keiji Memorial Museum Art Club.
Become a member of the Art Club and enjoy all four seasons of the beautiful Mogamigawa river together in an artistic atmosphere.

美術館テラス
Terrace

Privileges

  • Participate in lectures and join museum tours
  • Receive brochures about exhibitions and events
  • Receive a discount on the entrance fee to the Mogamigawa Museum of Art

Membership Fee

  • General Membership (High school students and older) 2,000 yen
  • Elementary & Middle School Student Membership 1,000 yen
  • Family Membership 3,000 yen
  • Patronage/Support Membership 10,000 yen

Contact Information

Mogamigawa Museum of Art - Mashimo Keiji Memorial Museum
〒995-0054
1084 -1 Ooyodo, Murayama City, Yamagata
Tel.: 0237-55-3195
Fax: 0237-55-2152
E-mail: mogamigawa@city.murayama.lg.jp

Relevant Links

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問い合わせ

Department of Lifelong Learning
電話:0237-55-2111 ファックス:0237-55-2155

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