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Tokyo Fuji Art Museum to Open New Wing in 2008

courtesy of TFAM
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Artist's rendering of TFAM's new wing

Construction is underway on a new main wing for the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo, with completion scheduled for May 2008 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the museum's founding. The new addition will be three stories high and will stand adjacent to the current building. The entrance lobby will house a new museum shop and restaurant. A special exhibition on the Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms will launch the opening of the new wing next year.

Since its founding in November 1983 by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with the motto, "A museum creating bridges around the world," TFAM has cultivated international Cultural Activitiess of major artworks and cultural treasures through collaborations with museums across the globe. The museum has a collection of some 30,000 works spanning 4,000 years from ancient civilizations to the present, including ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations, the Italian Renaissance, the Japanese Edo period, French Impressionism and 20th century contemporary pop art. Among them are a treasury of Japanese masterpieces from various genres including screen painting, Ukiyo-e wood block prints, lacquer, armor and calligraphy, primarily from the prosperous Edo period (1603-1868). Especially noteworthy are the museum's extensive collection of Western oil paintings that span a five-hundred-year period and the exceptional collection of photographic masterpieces.

The museum is widely recognized for its active role in promoting international Cultural Activities. In 1990 it received an official commendation from the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs.

[Adapted from an article in the August 11, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]