The Yokosuka Museum of Art first opened in 2007, as part of the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of its municipalization. It is surrounded on three sides by the rich nature of the Kannonzaki Prefectural Park and directly faces Tokyo Bay. The walls and ceiling of the museum have been designed with holes of various sizes opening to the outside world in order to create a feeling of spaciousness and enable visitors to feel and enjoy the surrounding nature from inside the building. Visitors are also able to freely exit and reenter the museum from the hillside or seaside and explore the nearby lighthouse or the battery ruins to fully experience the immersion of nature, history, and art.
On the ground floor, the museum holds various special exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing Japanese modern and contemporary artworks as well as international art (around six exhibitions every year). The underground floor is home to the Collection Exhibition Hall and Gallery. On this floor, artworks from the museum’s collections are displayed during quarterly exhibitions and can be observed and enjoyed from various perspectives in the Gallery and the Asai Kan’emon Hall.
Numerous artworks by artist Rokuro Taniuchi – whose workshop was located in Kamoi, Yokosuka – are showcased in this pavilion. Artworks on display include more than 1,300 cover illustrations for the weekly magazine “Shukan Shincho”, Taniuchi’s most famous work.
The Workshop Room is used to hold a variety of events ranging from workshops to conferences. In this room, visitors can discover new ways to enjoy art besides simply viewing it. As it is conveniently located in front of the museum lawn (Umi no Hiroba Space), large-scale events are sometimes organized there using both spaces.