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Opened as an educational and research facility in 1967, the Musashino Art University Museum & Library has become a new symbol of Musashino Art University. The Library wing was completed in 2010, and in 2011 the former art library was rededicated as the University’s art museum. In addition to functioning as the University’s main library and art museum, the facility also houses the Folk Art Gallery and Image Library. By linking together the differing works and materials in each of these four sections, the facility acts as a “complex of beauty and knowledge” in which the sections are organically connected to one another. The aim of the facility is to further improve the University’s educational and research infrastructure. In addition, various advanced efforts are underway to make it a research facility of a specialized university that is open to the larger society.

Museum

Renovated and rededicated in 2011, the University Museum features a soaring atrium at its center. The atrium is surrounded by five display rooms of various sizes, a chair gallery, and the Museum Hall, which includes interpreting equipment. The Museum holds more than 10 exhibitions a year. It also edits and publishes catalogues and other books of art. The Museum has in its possession approximately 40,000 pieces, which include paintings, sculptures, and prints, in addition to a collection of design specimens. These collections are ways of permanently preserving cultural assets, but they are also put on display during exhibitions for the benefit of the broader public. Furthermore, in its capacity as a University facility, the Museum has collection databases that aid in advanced research and education at the University.


Gallery 3


Museum Hall


Modern Chair Gallery

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Library

The Library wing was completed in 2010 as a center to facilitate new artistic creation at the University. It houses roughly 280,000 books on art and design and around 5,000 titles of scholarly journals and professional periodicals, making it one of the largest art university libraries in the country. The Library is designed so that students and visitors can spend extended periods of time in it. It features a ubiquitous information access system that enables anyone anywhere to access information freely at any time, and thereby aids students in their studies. There is also a special reading room for research and classes. Many classes, seminars, and lectures focusing on original and rare works in the fields of art and design are now conducted in the reading room, and it has become a pillar of research and education at the University.


2F Study Floor


Book Gallery


Picture Book Gallery

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Folk Art Gallery

The Folk Art Gallery contains about 90,000 artifacts that were made as part of local cultures and climates throughout the country and that have evolved together with people’s lifestyles over the ages. Some of these items are kept on display and used to study shapes in art and design. Other items in the collection are periodically put on display, either as part of a special exhibition series called “The Shapes of Life” or in small exhibitions that explore the juncture of “folk” and “art”.


Collection Room


Collection Room


Collection Room

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Image Library

The Image Library is where cinematic films, animation, experimental footage, and footage related to modern art are stored. The Image Library has variety of rooms and equipment designed to meet different viewing purposes, including viewing booths for individuals, viewing rooms for groups, and rooms exclusively for researchers. The entire 17,000 item collection has been entered into a freely searchable database. The Library offers multifaceted forms of information to help people better understand works of film, including lectures and publications.


Collection Room


Collection Room


Collection Room

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Research Center for Art and Design

The Research Center for Art and Design was established in 2008 as a strategic research center to advance the kind of research into art and design that is only possible at the University. Efforts are currently underway to build up the foundations of learning in the fields of art and design in ways more suited to the digital age with the construction of integrated databases and digital archives.

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