Himeji City Museum of Art is situated on the east side of the majestic Himeji Castle (World Heritage). This building of the museum was built in the Meiji Era. It was once used as an armory of the Tenth Infantry Division of the Japanese army, and now preserved just as it was. The classical exterior of the impressive red brick makes a beautiful contrast with the white wall of the famous castle.

It also blends in well with the natural environment of Himeji Park and creates a calm appearance with a historical atmosphere.

The museum of art was opened in 1983 as a sanctuary of beauty where aesthetic culture could be cultivated and local artists could be fostered.

Since its opening the museum has been appealing to the public for its accessibility and as a place of fellowship and relaxation. The museum strives to provide the public with many opportunities of viewing its permanent collection as well as its special exhibition of both foreign and native artists' works. The museum offers amateur artists gallery space where their art works may be introduced to the public, The public is invited to participate in various special events during the year.

The museum is in rich cultural environment called special historic site of Japan Himeji Castle and forms a cultural sight seeing zone of Himeji City with neighbouring Hyogo Prefecture Museum of History and so on, and therefore is a contributing factor in making Himeji City become a high level cultural city.

Himeji City Museum of Art in the snow winter


Himeji City Museum of Art in fall

Distinct Works of Art

Distinct works of art from the permanent collection are Paul Delvaux's oil paintings and prints, In Delvaux's "the Sea is Near" the moonlight seems to seduce women towards the sea while inside the Venus is seen reclining, This work depicts Delvaux's mysterious world of fantasy.

Wada Sanzo's "Man Reading a Newspaper", a beautiful contrast of colors with an effect of light and a powerful touch of this painting remind us of his most important work "South Wind".

Viewers are enchanted by the manly in common with fishermen which were drawn in "South Wind" and the simpleness of human touch.

In "Princess of Uji Palace", Matsuoka Eikyu, who strived to revive Yamato-e skillfully portrayed the royalty appreciation the moon in spring and autumn from "The Story of Genji".

And then, of course, the works of Koiso Ryohei. "Wheat Harvest", a representative work from a series depicting the working people soon after the Pacific War, "Still Life with a Ship", the excellent work of the later of his life and the others represent the essence of "Koiso Art".

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