There are three full-fledged museums in Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Museum of Art, which have one of the best collections in western Japan, the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art, which houses works of a wide range of genres, including art works from the 1920s and 30s and crafts from Japan and Asia, and The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.
Since they are all within a short distance, it is a chance to see a group of impressive works from Impressionism to contemporary art all at once. Why don't you spend an art day at spots that have their own unique nature, such as the natural environment, architecture, cafes, restaurants, and museum shops ?
Hiroshima Museum of Art
Enriched with Works by French Impressionists
It has a collection of about 300 pieces of European modern art centered on France and Japanese modern art, including Japanese paintings.
In particular, Exihibition of Impressionist works by Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, are one of the best collections in western Japan. You can also enjoy plenty of works by Picasso, whose style has changed rapidly.
There are many special exhibitions that are familiar to everyone from children to adults, and they are also recommended for art museum beginners!
It is also a place for the citizens of Hiroshima to relax. Cafes where you can enjoy tea while looking at the beautiful garden are also popular!
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
An art museum adjacent to Shukkeien, a National Scenic Spot
This museum is located in the center of Hiroshima, adjacent to Shukkeien, a place of scenic beauty, full of greenery.
From the lobby and the rest room and enjoy the seasonal scenery of Shukkeien, which was built for the Asano family, the lord of Hiroshima.
You can find there art works related to Hiroshima like the Important Cultural Properties “Imari Iroe Flower Pattern” and “Itsukushima Folding Screen”, as well as Aimitsu, Entsuba Katsuo and Hirayama Ikuo's works.
There are also Folk Art Represented by Kawai Kanjiro and Hamada Shoji Works, and crafts from Japan and Asia, including textiles and metalwork from Central Asia. You can also find a collection of over 5,000 (including deposits) works of art from the 1920s and 30s, such as Salvador Dali's “Dream of Venus” and “Remembrance of Isamu Noguchi”.
The collection exhibition is changed about 4 times a year. The Tomonokai Volunteer Guide introduces the works in an easy-to-understand manner.
In addition, about 6 special exhibitions are held in the special exhibition room a year. Many events such as lectures and concerts are held in conjunction with special exhibitions.
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima MOCA)
Have a look to the building designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa
It was established in 1989 as the first public museum specializing in contemporary art in Japan. It has about 1,600 works by contemporary artists who have been active since the Second World War, such as Taro Okamoto and Andy Warhol. Aiming to become a comprehensive museum of contemporary art, the MOCA collect from a wide range of fields such as design, architecture, video, installation, etc., without being bound by the conventional art field, and introduce various ways to enjoy and appeal of contemporary art.
The ingenious building that is particularly eye-catching was designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, who left works throughout Japan and around the world.
It is built on a hill overlooking the city of Hiroshima, and on a sunny day, you can overlook the city of Hiroshima.