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Towada Art Center
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Published: October 11 2016

Towada Art Center

The Towada Art Center is the central facility for the Arts Towada Project, which was created to reinvigorate the local cityscape by introducing a variety of artworks into the environment as well as promoting projects and exchange with artists, citizens, and visitors to the city. The Towada Art Center houses a permanent collection of 38 commissioned artworks, all made exclusively for the Towada Art Center by 33 world-renwoned artists from Japan and abroad, including Yoko Ono, Yayoi Kusama, Choi Jeong Hwa, and Ron Muek.

Our facilities include a permanent exhibition space, gallery, collaborative space, and cafe, as well as other spaces for incorporating the community into art activities and exchange. In addition to art exhibitions, the Towada Art Center works within the community to support a variety of cultural programs.

Some of the most striking features of the Towada Art Center are the independent exhibition rooms that act as “houses for art,” interspersed throughout the facility and connected to each other by glass corridors. Dividing the spaces has allowed for better customization of the space to each artwork, creating a sense of intimacy and harmony within each room. The idea of interspersion came from the design of Towada’s main arterial–Kanchogaidori Avenue–where buildings and open spaces intertwine. The city itself organically mingles with art.

The building is filled with juxtaposition of large and small, creating a sense of continuity with the dynamism of the street outside, which is also lined with buildings large and small. This unique design also allows for the placement of outdoor exhibition spaces and event spaces, making it possible for visitors to simultaneously experience indoor and outdoor art.

Many of the exhibition spaces have wide glass openings that face in different directions, creating a sense that the artworks are exhibited for the city outside as well.

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Towada Art Center
Address: 10-9 Nishi-Nibancho, Towada-shi, Aomori, Japan
Phone: +81 (0) 176-20-1127
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays (except for National Holidays on Monday, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday instead)
Website URL http://towadaartcenter.com/en/

Last Updated on November 04 2016

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