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04 Jul 2011

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum claims to be the only museum in the world that systematically collects and exhibits Asian modern and contemporary art. The works in the collection of the museum are not imitation of Western art or repetitions of traditional works. Instead they seek to overcome the existing framework of art, being made by artists living in ‘contemporary’ Asia. These artists attempt who acutely express their message in and about this changing world of Asia. FAAM's exhibitions of Asian modern and contemporary art are rich in depth and quality, and wide in scope. They present the originality and charm of Asian art in a way that cannot be experienced in any other museum in the world.

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum has been functioning as a place for people to become familiar with Asian arts and culture through the artistic creations and researches of the invitees of the Residence Program. It is an interactive museum - the place of meeting, understanding each other and creating together.

The FAAM presents workshops, lectures and other educational programs for a wide range of audiences. Volunteer gallery guides introduce the permanent collection of the museum, through which visitors to the museum understand and feel close to the art and culture of Asia. The FAAM also publishes AJIBI News (a periodical newsletter) and a website to widely distribute information on Asian art.

Art Exchange Program:
Asian artists and researchers are invited to participate in the Residence Program to engage in interactive activities with people in Fukuoka. They present various Art Exchange Programs such as open studios, workshops, performances and lectures. In addition to the Residence Programs, information on Asian art is exchanged with other museums and art institutions in and around Japan, and researchers on different programs and scholarships are accepted in FAAM. Through these various Art Exchange Programs, the FAAM establishes cooperative networks with Asian artists, as well as the researchers and specialists in and around the country.

FAAM conducts research on Asian modern and contemporary art by visiting related places and institutions as well as utilising written documents and archives. It presents the results of its researches in the forms of exhibition and lecture. The valuable information and archives collected by its locally-conducted investigations is accessible by local citizens and specialists in and around the country. It continues further research on Asian art together with the researchers in residence at FAAM.

The FAAM systematically collects Asian modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints, crafts and other forms of art that have superior aesthetic and originality. It focuses on modern and contemporary works from the 19th century to the present, from an area bounded by Pakistan to the east, Mongolia to the north and Indonesia to the south and west. It covers 22 countries and region. The permanent collection contains approximately 2,800 pieces as of 2015.


  • Permanent Collection: Asian modern and contemporary artworks are systematically exhibited to present their excellent artistic sensitivity and an originality quite different from that of Western art and Japanese art. Under specific themes, display is changed 8 times a year.

  • Temporary Exhibition: 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.

  • Special Exhibition: ‘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 fields related to Asia are also organised.