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Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Metropolitan Kiba Park, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0022
TEL 81-3-5245-4111 (Main office)
81-3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Located in Tokyo, the museum has a collection of over 3,600 pieces of contemporary Japanese and international contemporary artworks. Apart from its permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum also has an art library whose collections focus on material from 1945 to the present day.

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku
Zip 330-0061
Phone.048-824-0111 Fax.048-824-0119

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, was opened in November 1982 as a comprehensive art museum designed not only for the exhibition of art works, but also to promote artistic activities among the general public and provide spaces where members of the public can exhibit their art. The museum's collection contains works by leading modern and contemporary artists and by prominent artists from Saitama and the Japanese and overseas artists who influenced them.
Library has books and other materials on Modern/Contemporary art (35,000 vols), catalogs of exhibitions (43,000 vols), but also various forms of materials such as microforms, pamphlets and leaflets. Subject field ranges from fine art to applied arts (such as architecture, design etc.) There are 48 seats for reading these materials. Photocopying service is available. Noy a lending library. "A-to kun"(computer terminal for searching materials) and card catalogs are available Art Library.

Video Booths
There are eight video booths in the AV gallery where two or three people can view video tapes at once. Two larger booths, equipped with high-vision monitors, can accommodate up to five or six people. 1,200 tapes dealing with various aspects of art are available. Visitors can choose the tape they wish to see and operate the video equipment by themselves with a convenient push-button control panel.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo
2-75 Geijutsu no mori
Minami-ku Sapporo-shi
Hokkaido 005 Japan
Tel: (+81) (0)11 - 592-5111
Fax: (+81) (0)11 - 591-0102

The National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan
National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, an independent administrative institution, houses an extensive collection of post-war and contemporary Japanese art

Modern/Contemporary Art Section
This section places emphasis on the research of Japanese art from the Meiji period onward, and survey of the trends in contemporary art. Online database in Japanese

National Art Center, Tokyo

The Center lays emphasis on collecting information in the following areas and makes it accessible to the public.
1. Information about art exhibitions held within Japan.
2. A comprehensive collection of post-WWII Japanese exhibition catalogs.
3. Various materials related to modern and contemporary Japanese art.

The Art Library of The National Art Center, Tokyo

The Library features books and periodical titles on modern and contemporary art, design, architecture, and related areas. The strength of the collection lies in the sizable number (over 38,000 as of January 2008) of exhibition catalogs produced in Japan after World War II. The Art Library of The National Art Center, Tokyo is a non-circulating library serving the Center's curatorial staff as well as the general public.

•The Library's open stacks provide free access to resources such as basic reference materials, monographs, recent exhibition catalogs, and periodicals.
•Closed stacks materials can be paged by library staff for use in the Reading Room. Call slips from the search results page of the catalog terminals in the Library can be printed.
•Up to five items can be paged at a time.
•Some materials may not be available for consultation on the same day due to certain restrictions.

Online Catalogs

NACT+ MOMAT Online Catalog
This online public access catalog (OPAC) searches the holdings of four libraries affiliated with the Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art, located in central Tokyo. In addition to The National Art Center's Art Library collection, the OPAC searches the collections of libraries at the following museums.

•The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in Takebashi
•Craft Gallery of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in Kitanomaru Park
•National Film Center of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in Kyobashi

ALC Catalog (Japanese only)
The Art Libraries' Consortium (ALC) is a cooperative of museum libraries located in the Tokyo metropolitan area that enhances mutual cooperation on the basis of a cross-retrieval OPAC. Current participants in the consortium other than the Art Library of The National Art Center, Tokyo (NAT) are:

•Libraries of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT)
•Art Library of Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT)
•Art Information Center of the Yokohama Museum of Art (YMA)
•Research Library of The National Museum of Western Art (NMWA)
•Library of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (TMMP)
•Library of the Tokyo National Museum (TNM)
•Library of the Edo-Tokyo Museum (ETM)

The Japan Art Catalog (JAC) project was established in 1996 as a means of collecting publications related to Japanese exhibitions in order to provide transnational access to researchers in art. The great vast majority of such publications falls under the category of "gray literature" since they do not enter normal channels or systems of publication, distribution, bibliographic control, or acquisition by booksellers or subscription agents. They are privately printed and only available directly through the galleries or museums that host or hosted the exhibition in question. The JAC project was established as a result of lobbying by Ellen P. Conant, the American scholar who encountered enormous difficulties in accessing exhibition catalogs in the course of her research for "Nihonga, Transcending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting, 1868-1968," a 1995 exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Arts Initiative Tokyo (A.I.T.), Japan
AIT is a not for profit contemporary art platform which creates a range of programs and events in Tokyo. AIT works to make contemporary art more accessible and relevant to society through four key areas: education, artist in residence bi-lingual publications public accessibility. No info on archives.

Hara Museum arc en ciel, Japan
Hara Museum, founded in 1979, is one of the first Japanese museums to specialize in the collection, exhibition and support of contemporary art. It has collaborated with many international art institutions in the presentation of a broad spectrum of art and artists. The museum also organizes traveling exhibitions of Japanese artists and art works. The Permanent Collection, with over 600 works from Asia, the Americas and Europe, has focused on assembling significant works by artists who represent the rich diversity of post-1950 developments in art.

Tama Art University Archives
Shuzo Takiguchi Archives
The Archive houses Japanese and foreign books, periodicals, posters and works of and materials about Gruppo T. The Archive houses about 3500 Japanese books, 2500 foreign ones, 3000 periodicals, about 200 posters and works of and materials about Gruppo T, in total about 10000 items. They are divided into 4 classes. 1) about 800 items of Dada-Surrealist literature, 2) books of art and literature by his younger friends who admired Takiguchi as moral supporter, 3) books and periodicals used by Takiguchi in his writings, 4) books by Takiguchi himself, and periodicals which contain his articles.

Katsue Kitasono Archives
It archives books and materials of visual arts, rare magazines, poetry and critical works by Kitasono and autograph manuscripts. Japan's flamboyant and controversial avant-garde leader, Kitasono Katue (1902-78), was a poet and photographer.

Archives of Contemporary Art Documentation and Study Center Japan
website, Japanese only