Open ProgramHiroshima MOCA Closing Event “Until We See You Again”
Hiroshima MOCA opened in 1989 as the first public museum focusing on contemporary art.
From December 28, 2020, after thirty-one years since its opening, the museum enters the first long-term closure for renovation.
Starting from December 1, we open the museum for free for our visitors to enjoy the museum’s architecture and our unique collection before approximately two-year closure.
This closing month is also a rare opportunity to see different sides of the museum, such as the “empty gallery,” that cannot be seen while the museum is in normal operation.
Please visit the museum one last time before its long-term closure.
December 1-27, 2020
Free Entry Month
The visitors can enjoy the special exhibition of the museum collection and GENBI Recollections that introduces spaces that will be changed through renovation.
Collection Highlights GENBI Recollections
December 5, 2020 11:00-12:30 13:30-15:00
Genbi Architecture Story—Walkrally and Photo-session
Hiroshima MOCA was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, a renowned Japanese architect. The participants of this event will learn the architect’s ideas and design concept and walk around the museum to see how these ideas and concepts are reflected in the actual building. Along the way, the participants will be invited to find unique architectural features and details of the museum and record these points in photographs.
Instructor: Makoto Takata (ARCH-WALK HIROSHIMA)
Venue: Gallery B
Capacity: 15 people each *Reservation required (Deadline: Nov 20)
Age-restriction: Above the third-graders (elementary school student needs to be attended by an adult)
*Please bring your camera (any camera is OK)
*No interpretation service available.
Reservation Form (in Japanese)
December 5-27,2020 10:00-17:00
Shoot the Building, Shoot with the Building!
Unique details of the museum building designed with geometric shapes, empty galleries, and places that will be changed through renovation—Many points can only be photographed now. Please ask at the information desk to participate (you must wear a camera-person’s badge) and enjoy the beauty of the museum building through your lens and share your photos with the hashtag #HiroshimaMOCA.
*No tripods, selfie-stick, or reflector can be used inside the museum and sculpture garden.
*Copyright restriction applies when your photograph includes the displayed works. Please read the pamphlet that you will be received at the information desk.
December 5-27, 2020 10:00-17:00
Building Frottage—Until We See You Again
Please ask at the information desk to participate. With the workshop kit, please walk around the museum and try to make your frottage works out of museum walls and floors. The kit includes a postcard to be left at the museum so that we can send you a card when the museum reopens in two years.
*Frottage is an art-making technique to copy the surface texture of a material, such as walls and floors by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing it with a pencil.
December 6 and 13, 2020 13:00-13:30
Art Navigator Tour | In English
The tour introduces you to the museum’s distinctive Hiroshima-related works in English. Anyone interested in learning art in English is welcome to attend.
Venue: Entrance of Gallery A
Capacity: 10 people
*Reservation is recommended/First-come basis
*The tour is given using a “wireless audio receiver.”
Art Navigator Tour | In Japanese
If you are interested in the tour in Japanese, plesase sign-up from the form below.Reservation Form (in Japanese)
December 26-27, 2020 10:00-17:00
Small events will be happening here and there in the museum during the last weekend before the closure. Details will be listed shortly.