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Profound disappointment. After a two-year closure and ¥5.5 billion of public funds, upon visiting the newly renovated Fukuoka Art Museum, I was astonished to see little improvement and bad design. While I understand they wanted to preserve the integrity of the original architect’s work, Kunio Mayekawa, the only significant changes ended up a failure. Let me list them.

1. Old library. The most heart-breaking mistake was the destruction of the old library. It was an elegant, comfortable, and literature-rich space to learn and study about art. As an inferior substitute, visitors will now find several generic-looking bookshelves, two small benches and two computer cubicles in the middle of the reception area. Not only is this “information corner” situated in a noisy, high-traffic area, it also holds a fraction of the original archive.

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