kitazawa museum of art

The Kitazawa Museum of Art was founded in 1983 by the industrialist Toshio Kitazawa in his native city of Suwa and is located on the shores of Suwa Lake, in Nagano Prefecture, one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Japan. The collection is made up of French Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass pieces from the late 19th to the early 20th century, as well as a selection of Japanese paintings from the post 1960s era. The glass collection includes the masterpiece “Lamp: Les Coprins” by Emile Gallé, leading artist of the Art Nouveau movement, historic masterworks by the Daum brothers, the works of the Pâtes de Verre artists and glass pieces by the most famous artist of Art Deco, René Lalique. This world-renowned collection totals around a 1000 pieces of work.
The Museum is also home to a collection of 200 paintings from representatives of the greatest modern Japanese artists.
We hope you will enjoy the fusion of East and West found in this exquisite palette of colors, representing nature in both glass works and paintings.
Emile Gallé, Lamp “Les Coprins”

Emile Gallé

Emile Gallé (1846-1904) is french artist in glass, ceramics and wood. He was born in the city of Nancy in north-eastern France and considered the leader of the Art Nouveau craft revolution who believed in the fusion of art and industry. In 1889 and 1900 he won the prestigious “Grand Prix” at the Paris World Exposition. Gallé’s lifelong love of music and poetry, as well as his knowledge and passion for botany influenced the pieces he created and introduced to the world, taking decorative art to the level of great art.
Emile Gallé, Cup “Rose de France”

Daum Brothers
The Daum brothers Auguste (1853-1909) and the younger Antonin (1864-1930) ran a glassworks factory in Nancy and with the collaboration of many artists, created pieces of beautifully, delicate glasswork. Together with Emile Gallé, they became known as leading artists of the Nancy school of Art Nouveau.

Daum Frères, Vase with Long Neck, Water Lily

René Lalique
René Lalique (1860-1945) worked as a glass artist from 1910’s and his sophisticated designs in clear glass were critically acclaimed, establishing him as the master artist at the center of the Art Deco movement of the 1920s.
René Lalique, Vase NADICA

Pâtes de Verre Collection
Pâtes de Verre is a form of kiln cast glass, where colored glass is crushed and fired in molds. Its roots trace back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and it was revived in France from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Many of the secrets to mixing the materials and firing the glass have been lost over time. Rare by worldwide standards, the collection contains masterpieces of the artists like Walter, Argy-Rousseau, Décorchemont, Dammouse and Despret who attempted this difficult technique.

Albert-Louis Dammouse, Vase with Flowers

Modern Japanese Paintings
“Nihonga” Japanese style Paintings by modern masters like Kaii Higashiyama,
Yasushi Sugiyama, Kayo Yamaguchi, Shoko Uemura and Yuki Ogura take you to the beautiful world direct from the artist’s soul. The exhibit also includes “nihonga” by contemporary artists Tomohide Koizumi, Yoshiteru Nomura and Chinami Nakajima.


9:00am-18:00pm (April-September)
9:00am-17:00pm (October-March)

*Please note: Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed: occasionally for display renewals

Admission Fees: Adult ¥1000, Junior High School Students¥500
Pre-school age children Free


By JR Train:

15 minutes walk from KAMISUWA Station, JR Chuo Line
5 minutes by taxi

※Possible as a day-trip from Tokyo by JR East train
Take Azusa Express Train from Shinjuku Station (Tokyo) on the JR Chuo Line to KAMISUWA Station
Travel time between 2hrs.10mins to 2hrs.30mins

By Car: Chuo Freeway to Suwa Interchange
2hrs.15minutes from Shinjuku
4hrs.30minutes from Osaka, via Meishin and Chuo Freeway

Parking:  for 10 buses, 50 cars

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