The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Due to its geographical and historical characteristics, Fukuoka City served as a gateway to continental Asian culture since ancient times. Today it has assumed a new role as a key interactive city for Asia. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM) opened in 1999, as a part of the City s progressive strategy for interactions with different Asian cultures. Ever since the opening, it has been continuously introducing Asian modern and contemporary art through a wide range of activities including exhibitions and the Residence Programmes as follows.
Asian artists and researchers are invited for the Residence Programme to have interactive activities with people in Fukuoka. They present various Art Exchange Programmes such as open studio, workshops, performances and lectures. In addition to the Residence Programme, information on Asian art is exchanged with other museums and art institutions in and around Japan, and researchers on different programmes and scholarships are accepted in the FAAM. Through these various Art Exchange Programmes, the FAAM establishes cooperative networks with Asian artists, as well as with the researchers and specialists in and around the country.
The FAAM presents workshops, lectures and other educational programmes for a wide range of audience. The volunteer gallery guides introduce the permanent collection of the museum, through which the visitors to the museum would understand and feel close to the art and culture of Asia. The FAAM also publishes AJIBI News (periodical newsletter) and original website to widely distribute information on Asian art.
The FAAM conducts research on Asian modern and contemporary art by visiting related places and institutions as well as utilising written documents and archives, and presents the research achievement in the forms of exhibition and lectures. The precious information and archives collected by its locally-conducted investigations is accessible to the citizens and specialists in and around the country. It continues further research on Asian art together with the researchers in residence at the FAAM.
FAAM systematically collects Asian modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints, crafts and other forms of art that have superior aesthetic and riginality. It focuses on the modern and contemporary works from the 19th century to contemporary, from eastward from Pakistan, southward from Mongolia and north and westward from Indonesia. It covers 23 countries/ region and the current number of the permanent collection counts approximately 1,700 items as of 2004. In the Asia Gallery (permanent collection gallery), the works on display are changed time to time under different themes and subjects in order to introduce various facets of Asian art.
The works that have superior aesthetics and originality different from the West or Japan are orderly arranged. Under specific themes, display is changed 8 times a year.
4 temporary exhibition series such as Modern Artists , Contemporary Asian Artist , Arts of People and Crossing Visions are presented to introduce the charms of Asian art from different eras, regions and genres.
Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale is held every three years in order to introduce the most up-to-date Asian art. Other special exhibitions of diverse field related to Asia are also organised.