Former art museum to be donated to Akita City

Former Akita Prefectural Art Museum 1

On September 3, the Akita Prefectural Governor announced plans to donate the former Akita Prefectural Art Museum to Akita City.

Due to the building’s age and deterioration, the prefecture originally planned to demolish the 49-year old building. Akita City, however, have plans to repair and use the building. The estimated cost to repair and retrofit the building had earlier been estimated at over 1.1 billion Yen (9.2 million USD), while demolition would cost just 160 million Yen (1.3 million USD).

The building was designed by Nikken Sekkei and completed in 1966. It was specifically designed to showcase 100 pieces from the collection of the Masakichi Hirano Art Foundation. The construction costs were 200 million Yen, of which 50 million Yen was donated by Mr. Hirano.

In 2013, the art museum moved next-door to a new gallery designed by architect Tadao Ando.

Akita Prefectural Art Museum
The Akita Museum of Art. Designed by Tadao Ando and built in 2013.

Sources:
The Yomiuri Shimbun, September 4, 2015.
Akita Sakigake Shimpo, September 2, 2015.

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