Miho Museum is located southeast of Kyoto, Japan, near the town of
Shigaraki, in Shiga Prefecture.
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The museum was the dream of Mihoko Koyama (after whom it is named),
founder of the religious organization
Shinji Shumeikai  which is
now said to have some 300,000 members worldwide. Furthermore, in
the 1990s Koyama commissioned the museum to be built close to the
Shumei temple in the Shiga mountains.
Miho Museum houses Mihoko Koyama's private collection of Asian and
Western antiques bought on the world market by the Shumei organisation
in the years before the museum was opened in 1997. While Koyama began
acquiring stoneware tea ceremony vessels as early as the 1950s, the
bulk of the museum's acquisitions were made in the 1990s. There are
over two thousand pieces in the permanent collection, of which
approximately 250 are displayed at any one time. Among the objects
in the collection are more than 1,200 objects that appear to have been
produced in Achaemenid Central Asia. Some scholars have claimed
these objects are part of the Oxus Treasure, lost shortly after its
discovery in 1877 and rediscovered in Afghanistan in 1993. The
presence of a unique findspot for both the Miho acquisitions and the
British Museum's material, however, has been challenged.
Many of the items in the collection were acquired in collaboration
with the art dealer Noriyoshi Horiuchi over the course of just six
years, and some have little or no known provenance. In 2001
the museum acknowledged that a sixth-century statue of a Boddhisatva
in its collection was the same sculpture which been stolen from a
public garden in
Shandong province, China in 1994.
Highlights of the collections have been featured in traveling
exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996, as well as the
Kunshistorisches Museum Wien in 1999.
I. M. Pei's interior style in Miho museum
I. M. Pei's interior style in Miho museum
Mihoko Koyama and her daughter, Hiroko Koyama, commissioned the
I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei to design the Miho Museum. I. M. Pei's design,
which he came to call Shangri-La, is executed in a hilly and forested
landscape. Approximately three-quarters of the 17,400 square meter
building is situated underground, carved out of a rocky
mountaintop. The roof is a large glass and steel construction,
while the exterior and interior walls and floor are made of a warm
beige-colored limestone from
France – the same material used by Pei
in the reception hall of the Louvre. The structural engineer for this
project was Leslie E. Robertson Associates.
Pei continued to make changes to the design of the galleries during
construction as new pieces were acquired for the collection.
Pei had earlier designed the bell tower at Misono, the
international headquarters and spiritual center of the Shumei
organization. The bell tower can be seen from the windows of the
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