No Need To Get Artsy-Fartsy!

21bi_04.psdThe 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is perfect when you need a break from exploring the traditional. It’s located downtown, diagonally across from Kenroku-En garden. Their extraordinary collection mainly consists of works created after 1980, peppered with a few avant-garde masterpieces from the 1900’s onward which influenced the contemporary art we know today.
The museum features open air exhibits as well. The 12 tuba-like pipes on the lawn, created by Florian Claar were installed during the construction of the museum. The pipes come in pairs and are connected to their partner underground. Have your friend search out the matching tube, and you can talk to each other through the device!

Ever wanted to go swimming with your clothes on? Now you can with "The Swimming Pool" created by Leandro Erlich. These two installations both qualify as art, but you don’t need a PhD in art history to appreciate them. Even kids can enjoy their unique charm. And really, isn’t the point of a trip to the museum having a good time?


Florian Claar
"Klangfeld Nr.3 fur Alina"
Leandro Erlich
"The Swimming Pool"

21bi_02.psdThe museum’s been successful organizing brilliant exhibitions from around the world from innovators such as Olafur Eliasson, Ron Mueck, and others. Most recently, in Spring 2010, O. Eliasson provided the museum a new permanent exhibition, “Colour activity house.”
Admission is free, with the exception of special exhibitions. Everyone is welcome to visit and relax, use the Art Library, browse fancy stationary and art books at the Museum Shop, or chat at the café, which frequently holds wedding parties and events. The people of Kanazawa love having a bubble of modern atmosphere encased on all sides by the traditional.

Published: January 31, 2011

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa / 1-2-1, Hirosaka, Kanazawa / Map

Japanese Course meals & Shabu-shabu
Kanazawa Sekitei [かなざわ石亭]

This renowned Japanese restaurant is quietly located next to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and it’s walkable to D. T. Suzuki Museum (6-minutes walk) as well.
Enjoy their excellent kaiseki cuisines in the previous samurai house with lovely Japanese garden! Reservation required. Please contact them at least a day in advance of your visit!

1-9-23, Hirosaka, Kanazawa
Tel 076-231-2208 / Fax 076-231-2053 /
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Open: 11:30-22:00; closed New Year holidays (Dec. 28 - Jan. 4) / Recommended menu: kaiseki course meals, and shabu-shabu hot pot / Budget: lunch 3,500~6,000 yen; dinner 8,000-18,000 yen (Tax not included) / Credit cards: Most accepted / Languages: Limited English spoken / *Reservation required