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August 1949
The idea for the Museum was conceived in 1949 at a gathering of resident artists, scholars, and critics of Kanagawa Prefecture, who worked together to establish an art museum. They formed the Kanagawa Prefecture Artists’ Assembly
June 1950
Preparatory Committee for the Prefectural Museum of Modern Art launched.
November 1951
The first public museum of modern art in Japan, housed in a building designed by Junzo Sakakura, was open to the public with the exhibition “Cezanne and Renoir”. Ryosaku Murata became the first director
April 1965
Teiichi Hijikata became the second director
June 1966
Kamakura Museum

An extension was constructed next to the original building. Exhibition “150 years of Japanese Modern Paintings
the 15th Anniversary of the Museum” was held.

April 1981
Hideo Takumi became the third director.
July 1984
Kamakura Annex Museum

The Annex, designed by Masato Otaka, was open.

April 1985
Heihachiro Tsuruta became the fourth director.
April 1992
Tadayasu Sakai became the fifth director.
August 1994
The Committee for the Reorganization and Planning of the Museum of Modern Art was established and began looking into a new organization for the Museum. Gitaro Wakimura, former president of the Japan Academy, was appointed to the chairman.
July 1996
Master concept for the Reorganization and Planning of the Museum of Modern Art was established.
October 1996
Maintenance Research Committee for the Museum of Modern Art was established, appointing Ikuo Hirayama, former President of Tokyo University of the Arts, to the chairman.
May 1997
The Committee decided to construct a new museum on Isshiki Beach in the town of Hayama.
Architectural designer selected (AXS SATOW INC.).
Maintenance Research Committee for the New Museum of Modern Art was established, appointing Tsuneaki Kawamura, former Director General of Agency for Cultural Affairs, to the chairman.
1999
The Kamakura Museum was amongst the 20 selected architectures of modern Japan by DOCOMOMO(Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement).
January 1999
The architectural plan for the new building of the Museum of Modern Art was approved.
March 1999
General drawings completed. The application for the PFI project was decided for the new building.
April 2001
“Ryusei Kishida: the 110th Anniversary of his Birth” was open to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Museum.
September 2001
The construction of the Hayama Museum was begun.
April 2002
The Kamakura Annex was temporary closed for moving artworks to the new museum.
March 2003
The construction of new museum in Hayama completed. The Kamakura Museum was temporary closed for preparation work.
October 2003
Hayama Museum

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama was open with an commemorating exhibition “Another Modern”.

November 2003
The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura was reopened with the exhibition “HORIUTI MASAKAZU” and The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura Annex with “Contemporary Prints in Japan”.
April 2004
Toshio Yamanashi became the sixth director.
September 2007
New wing (Gallery 3) of the Kamakura Museum was decided to be closed to the public.
October 2008
The fifth Anniversary of the Hayama Museum was celebrated with the exhibition “The Abundance of the Collection”, which consists of three parts at three Museums.
April 2011
Tsutomu Mizusawa became the seventh director.
November 2011
The 60th Anniversary of the Museum was celebrated with the exhibition “The Best Collection” and “Charlotte Perriand and Japan”.
October 2013
The 10th Anniversary of the Hayama Museum: “WAR/ART 1940-1950” .
April 2015
The last exhibition series “It Began in Kamakura: 1951-2016”, consists of three periods, was open at the Kamakura Museum.
January 2016
The opening of the Kamakura Museum ended.
March 2016
The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura was closed.
November 2016
The main building of the Kamakura Museum was designated as a prefectural cultural property of Kanagawa Prefecture.
December 2016
New building and curatorial office building in the Kamakura Museum was demolished. The main building of Kamakura Museum was transferred to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
September 2017
The Kamakura Annex was temporary closed for renovations.
October 2019
The Kamakura Annex is scheduled to reopen after renovation work.
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