Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

museum in Japan

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art (石川県立美術館, Ishikawa Kenritsu Bijutsukan) or IPMA [1] is a prefectural art museum in central Honshū.[2] It is in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.[3] It was built on the edge of the Kenrokuen Garden[4] near the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
Entrance of museum
LocationKanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
TypeArt museum

The museum's art includes some of the prefecture's most important cultural assets and works by artists with some connection to the region.[5]



IPMA was first opened in 1959. When the collection outgrew its original building, a new one was built. The current structure was completed in 1983.[3]

The core of the museum's holdings come from the Maeda family collection which was formerly housed in at the University of Tokyo.[6]


  1. IPMA is an English acronym. IPMA stands for "Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art"; see Ishikawa Museum of Art (IPMA), About IPWMA Archived 2012-06-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-2-8.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Museums" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 671-673.
  3. 3.0 3.1 IPMA, History Archived 2012-03-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Whipple, Charles et al. (2005). Seeing Japan, p. 35.
  5. Reiber, Beth et al. (2010). Frommer's Japan, p. 385.
  6. Lillehoj, Elizbeth. (2007). Acquisition: Art and Ownership in Edo-period Japan. p. 89.

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