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The Contemporary Museum, Oahu
Looking for a respite from the sand, sea and palm trees? The Contemporary Museum on Oahu is a Hidden Place where you can happily spend an hour or a day.
Located on Honolulu’s scenic Makiki Heights, The Contemporary Museum combines exhibitions of contemporary art with terraced gardens and spectacular views. The museum’s satellite gallery, The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center in downtown Honolulu, features rotating exhibitions of the work of Hawaii artists.
The Contemporary Museum (TCM) is the only museum in the state of Hawaii devoted exclusively to contemporary art in a beautifully preserved structure that maintains a subtle blending of Asian and island features. The collections present contemporary art from the 1940s in rotating exhibits. Artists represented include Josef Albers, Jennifer Bartlett, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Masami Teraoka, and Andy Warhol. There are permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions, one-man and group shows, gallery talks by artists and curators, performances, and daily docent tours. Exhibitions offer interaction with art and artists in a unique island environment. The Makiki Heights location also includes a a garden café that presents several changing exhibitions each year‚ an eclectic museum shop, and a library.
The gardens at TCM’s Makiki Heights are a destination in themselves. Completed between 1928 and 1941 by Reverend K.H. Inagaki, a local minister with a love for landscape architecture, the gardens were designed to provide a place to retreat, meditate and experience the harmony of nature. The gardens include wide expanses of lawn, reflecting pools, a sun-drenched tropical terrace garden, views of Diamond Head, walking paths, and places to sit. The garden is open to the public during museum hours and is a natural setting for viewing art works as well as a quiet place for contemplation and renewal.
The Contemporary Museum also has a site in the corporate headquarters of First Hawaiian Bank in downtown Honolulu. The venue provides a convenient downtown location to view art by resident artists, former residents of Hawaii, or artists who have created a body of work in the Islands. Flanked by a dramatic art-glass wall consisting of 185 prisms, the galleries are located in the main banking hall and on the second floor of First Hawaiian Center.
The Contemporary Museum
Closed Mondays & major holidays:
Admission: Adults $5; Seniors & Students w/ valid ID $3
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