The Museum was founded in 1964 with a prize for a young artist as an annual exhibition. Flanagan was selected for the fourth exhibition and won the first prize with an award of ¥1,000,000. The jury included Jasia Reichardt who was also a juror of the 9th Tokyo Biennale which took place at the same time.
Exhibiting artists include:
David Annesley, Anthony Benjamin, Barry Flanagan, Michio Fukuoka, Norio Imai, Takayasu Ito, Kim Lin, Tomio Miki, Hisayuki Mogami, Francis Morland, Michael Sandle, Shintaro Tanaka, Derrick Woodham, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Kazuo Yuhara.