About Sompo Museum of Art

About the Foundation

The Sompo Fine Art Foundation collects and preserves paintings, sculptures, and other artworks, and makes them widely available to the general public, while also encouraging budding artists. The foundation operates the Sompo Museum of Art, holding exhibits, supporting, and awarding artists, all while creating awareness of art appreciation. These actions are performed with the dual aims of contributing to Japanese arts and culture and improving the lives of everyday people.

The foundation was established in June of 1976 to operate the art museum. The vision to create a museum was formed when the high-rise headquarters of Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. were first built in the center of Shinjuku. The museum was produced with cooperation from Seiji Togo, who had a deep connection with the company.

June 1976 - Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Fine Art Foundation is established.
July 2002 - In line with the establishment of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., the foundation’s name is changed to ‘Sompo Japan Fine Art Foundation.’
September 2014 - A merger between Nipponkoa Insurance Company, Limited and Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., leads to the foundation’s title being changed to ‘Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Fine Art Foundation’.
April 2020 - In line with the change to the new facility, the foundation’s title is changed to ‘SOMPO Fine Art Foundation’.

Grant Activities

The foundation provides awards and hosts public competitions, aiming to support the activities of budding artists and contribute to the arts in Japan.

(1) Sompo Museum of Art Award

The Sompo Museum of Art Award was established in 1977 to stimulate creative desire amongst new artists and bring new life to the Japanese art scene, ensuring a level of artistic talent in-line with the rest of the world. The foundation’s grants provide prize money and certificates to winners.

(2) FACE (Public Competition)

The ‘Seiji Togo Memorial Museum Grand Prix Award’ for established artists, and the ‘Outstanding Rising Artists Award’ designed to support new artists, were created in 1977. Exhibitions for both of these awards were then held over the following years.

FACE, a competition open to the general public, was created in 2012 after the foundation’s shift to become a public interest incorporated foundation. The new competition had the aim of both continuing and expanding the support that the foundation had provided to artists over the previous 35 years.