Museum visitors will be amused by works of these highly individualistic artists connected to Aomori Prefecture: Shiko Munakata, Yoshishige Saito, Tadahiro Ono, Tetsumi Kudo, Shuji Terayama, Toru Narita and Yoshitomo Nara. Other Japanese artists such as Shusaku Arakawa, Toshimitsu Imai, and Takeo Yamaguchi, as well as international artists Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Odilon Redon and Pablo Picasso are also part of the Museumユs collection.

Museum Collection

[ Marc Chagall ]

One of the leading artists of the 20th century, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) designed the décor for the ballet Aleko in 1942 during his exile in America. Aomori Prefecture has three of the four backdrops of the ballet Aleko as a part of its collection. The colors overflowing from these huge backdrops reflect Marc Chagallユs passion for colors.

Computer graphic image of the installation of the backdrops for the ballet

[ Shiko Munakata ]

Along with his representative woodblock prints, original paintings that he called "Yamatoga," and oil paintings from his early days as an artist when he admired Vincent Van Gogh, the varied collection owned by the Aomori Museum of Art shows Shiko Munakataユs various faces as an artist.

Shiko Munakata
Sarasvati, the Goddess of Fortune

[ Yoshitomo Nara ]

Aomori prefecture has been collecting works by Yoshitomo Nara, an artist from Aomori Prefecture, since early on in his career. The collection, which includes both tableaux and three-dimensional works featuring motifs of children and animals as well as works representative of his early days as an artist and over 120 drawings, shows Yoshitomoユs development as an artist.

Yoshitomo Nara
© Yoshitomo Nara