Attraction Japan 〒730-0014 Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima 中区上幟町2−22 Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is special ?
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum was originally completed in 1968. The idea for the museum was inspired by donations from elementary school pupils in the prefecture in 1955. Since its foundation, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum has been leading the art scene of Hiroshima. Hiroshima Museum of Art was built near Chuo Park in 1978, in honor of Hiroshima Bank's 100th anniversary. It regularly exhibits modern European paintings, featuring works by the French Impressionists, collected by the bank through the years. The museum also houses an exhibition of modern Japanese paintings from after the Meiji era. The latest arrival on the city's art scene is Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in Hijiyama Park. It opened on May 3, 1989, commemoratin Hiroshima City's 100th anniversary and Hiroshima Castle's 400th anniversary.The first public museum of contemporary art in Japan, the buildihg has a unique design, but maintains harmony with the surrounding landscape. As a result, the site is an ideal space to exhibit works of contemporary art.
What to explore at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum?
The museum's collection of over 4,500 pieces covers several different themes, such as "Works of Art Related to Hiroshima", which includes Important Cultural Properties such as "Imari Porcelain Flower Bowl", "Itsukushima Folding Screen" and other works by such artists as Aimitsu, Katsuzo Entsuba and Ikuo Hirayama; "Craft Art of Japan and Asia", including works of folk art by representative artists such as Kanjiro Kawai and Shoji Hamada, as well as metalwork and works of dyeing and weaving art from Central Asia; and "Works of Art of the '20s and '30s", including Salvador Dali's "Dream of Venus", Isamu Noguchi's "Tsuiso (Reminiscences)" and others. The museum introduces its permanent collection through collection exhibitions, which are changed about four times per year. Additionally, "Friends of the Museum" volunteer guides are on hand every day to introduce the artwork on display with easy-to-understand explanations.
The museum also holds about six special exhibitions per year in its Special Exhibitions Wing, along with a number of events, such as lectures or concerts, to compliment them.
How to get to Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum?
Located in front of "Shukkeien-mae Station", accesible from Hiroshima Station by taking a Hiroshima Electric Railway streetcar.
- Entrance to Shukkei-en Garden
- Serene are in the middle of the city
- Art for everyone.
- Small but beautiful collection
- Lots of exhibits
Japan 〒730-0014 Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima 中区上幟町2−22
Tips for you
We bought a combination ticket for which allowed us into the general museum galleries and the adjacent Shukkein gardens. (Note: This did not get us into the special exhibition galleries) The museum was OK, but kinda lacking in substance. We had come to specifically see two pictures … the Salvador Dali “Dreams of Venus” which was magnificent and the Holocaust at Hiroshima by Hirayama Ikuo which was nowhere to be seen. We spent quite some time at the information counter trying to find out its current location but no success. Finally we got to see it in in a book and in a small room where a video presentation of Ikuo work was being shown. Some of the works by Japanese artists were very good as was some of the modern art