This museum was opened in 1933 in Kyoto, which has been a center of Japanese culture and arts since the Heian Period. For more than half of the century since the museum’s founding, it has collected modern artworks produced mainly in Kyoto. Especially noteworthy among the museum’s collections are the excellent Japanese-style paintings, including Kikuchi Keigetsu’s “Paipatiroma (1928)” and other masterpieces of Takeuchi Seiho, Uemura Shoen and Tomioka Tessai. Other works include Asai Chu’s “Willow Trees in Grez-sur-Loing (1901)” and other Western-style paintings, sculptures, works of industrial art, calligraphies, and prints, for more than 3,100 pieces of art.
Besides “museum-sponsored exhibitions”, the museum also holds “public subscription exhibitions” for the development of the artists and “jointly sponsored exhibitions” through international cooperation. Among the museum-sponsored exhibitions, there are “Kyoto city art museum collection exhibition” which displays the museum’s collections, and “Kyoto exhibition” which is the exhibition of works selected through an open process from the whole country.