Art Museums in Hiroshima City
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, commemorating
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.
[Upper]Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Photograph taken circa 1994)
[Lower left]Hiroshima Museum of Art (Photograph taken circa 1994)
[Lower right]Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (Photograph taken circa 1994)
Hiroshima Museum of Art houses a regular exhibition of some 170 paintings. They consist mainly of two groups of paintings: modern French paintings (Delacroix, Millet, Van Gogh, Picasso) and modern Japanese paintings of western style (from Chu Asai and Seiki Kuroda to present day painters). This substantial collection is highly regarded both domestically and internationally, and the museum is frequented by overseas as well as local visitors.