The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura was established as the first public modern art museum in Japan, and it left brilliant footprints on the modern history of this country. The building, one of the most famous works of Junzo Sakakura, was a highly regarded example of historical architecture. Blending well with other buildings on the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the Hall created beautiful and unique scenery.
When the Hall was closed in 2016, many people expressed their extreme remorse, and I felt the same. After discussions with the prefecture, we were given this famous structure and decided to use it as a museum with new goals. In order to pass on the history of Kamakura to future generations, our museum will continue to introduce the culture and natural beauty which individuals have protected and nurtured with the theme of Kamakura. We aim to serve as an information center for individuals who visit the various temples, shrines and cultural facilities.
Shigeho Yoshida, Director