About

Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art

This is Japan’s first genuine modern art museum.

Japan’s first 20th century art museum was established in May 1975 on Ippekiko-keyaki Street, Izu. The site and building of this museum, as well as most of the approximately 1,400 pieces in the museum’s permanent collection, were donated by Eiichi Ikeda, the founder of Nichireki Co., Ltd.

Building characteristics

Designed by sculptor Bukichi Inoue, the outer walls of the exhibition building were the first in Japan to be reinforced with stainless steel. Spaces are formed in a unique way that organically leads from the entrance to the exit. This is a museum where the artwork on display is very easy to admire.

Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art

Characteristics of the permanent collection

The permanent collection consists of approximately 1,400 pieces centering on 20th century paintings and sculptures based on a theme of “humanity”. On permanent display inside the museum are epics and excellent works by international masters including Renoir, Bonnard, Picasso, Matisse, Léger, Chagall, Warhol, Miro, Dali, and de Kooning. Special exhibitions are also held every three months in the first floor exhibition room.

Explanation of works

If you contact us in advance, a curator or personnel will provide explanations.

Museum shop guide

  • Museum shop guide
  • Museum shop guide

This shop stocks original goods from the museum, including picture postcards, bags and stationery, as well as various art-related goods.

Léger Tea House

Léger Tea House

Léger Tea House

Enjoy teatime while looking at artwork decorating the walls, bitter summer orange trees, and a sculpted garden.

  • Coffee500yen
  • Black tea500yen
  • Cocoa500yen
  • Cafe au lait500yen
  • Milk tea500yen
  • Lemon squash300yen
  • Tomato juice300yen
  • Cream soda350yen
  • Orange float350yen
  • Coffee float550yen

Léger Gallery

  • Léger Tea House
  • Léger Tea House

The walls of the tea house can be used as a place to display artwork. Displays of paintings, photographs, and small 3D works, etc. is possible. Please contact the museum for further details.

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