|The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum systematically collects modern and contemporary artworks that show the originality and distinctive aesthetics of Asian art without adhering to the framework of ‘fine art’ derived from modern Western values. It sets the principle below aiming at creating a new criterion of the Asian art.
The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum collects;
(1) works that show the streams of Asian art from the modern to the contemporary period
(2) folk art, ethnic art and popular art that are important in considering Asian modern and contemporary art
(3) other traditional art and craft that are important in considering Asian modern and contemporary art
Asian modern art here means the art rose after the Asian countries and regions met Western modern art and culture, after which they began to seek for the new expressions different from the traditional art focusing on the individual creativity. The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum will keep tackling this issue of ‘modern’ in the different contexts of art in each country and region.
Asia defined here is 23 countries and regions eastwards from Pakistan, southwards from Mongolia and westwards from Indonesia. The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is going to consider the re-definition of the boundary of Asia through exhibitions and expansion of the collection.
As to Japanese artists, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum divides the role with the Fukuoka Art Museum. The works collected for the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum are those resulting from the encounters with other Asian countries.