The sculptures have been the center of our collection and exhibitions
since opening the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. Especially for foreign
works, we have continued to systematically collect pieces so that we can understand
the lines of sculpture art from Rodin, who opened up the era of modern sculpture,
to Arp, Zadkine, Gabo, Giacometti, and Moore, who realized the diversified expression
of the 20th century via Bourdelle and Maillol, great artists of the 19th century.
Our collection has become even more complete by adding works by Brancusi and Segal
on the occasion of moving into the new Museum.
Modern sculpture in Japan developed under the great influence
of European sculpture, including the work of Rodin. After World War II, new expressions
were sequentially created responding to various overseas trends.
We have widely collected the works of sculptors who represent the contemporary
art field, such as Yanagihara Yoshitatsu, Funakoshi Yasutake, Sato Churyo, Horiuchi Masakazu, Ueki Shigeru, and Shingu Susumu. These works are permanently exhibited
as well as the overseas sculptures. The expressions of the work vary with the
materials and sculptors. Please enjoy our wide collection.
As well as sculptures, print art from both home and abroad has
also been the center of our collection. We have collected works to cover the artists
who created the history of modern and contemporary print art, such as Goya, Manet,
Klinger, Picasso, Kandinsky, Warhol, and Jasper Johns. Among them, Ensor's fantastic
works and Ernst's print art filled with eccentricity are the highlight of the
collection of the Museum.
The Ukiyo-e, Japanese wood block prints, once predominated
in the Japanese print art world. After Western art influx into Japan in the modern
era, a wide variety of expressions were created under its influence.
You can trace the history of great works in Japan spanning from modern to contemporary,
if you appreciate our collection of great artists, such as Kobayashi Kiyochika,
who broke through the tradition of landscape prints, Kawase Hasui, who created
'Shinhanga' ( the new type of print art ) , Taninaka Yasunoriand Kawanishi Hide,
whose print art are filled with creativity, and Hasegawa Kiyoshi, Hamada Chimei
and Ikeda Masuo, who are highly valued internationally.
Kanayama Heizo and Koiso Ryohei. The Museum owns a wide variety
of works of these two artists, who had deep relationships with Hyogo Prefecture,
by courtesy of their families and related persons. The collection also covers
the works of Shirataki Ikunosuke, WadaSanzo, and Aoyama Kumaji, the Three Great
Artists born in Ikuno-cho, Hayashi Shigeyoshi, who lived in Kobe after returning
from a journey to Europe, Koide Narashige, who lived in Ashiya in his last days,
and Iida Misao and Asahara Kiyotaka, who explored significant expressions during
their short lives. In addition to the above, our collection includes "The
Portrait of a Family" by Burliuk, the father of Russian Futurism, and "People
Seeing Off Soldiers" by Gosei Abe. These two artists were also closely associated
with Hyogo Prefecture although they were not born here.
Hyogo Prefecture has nourished artists with firm and creative
characters. These artists make Hyogo Prefecture a little different than Kyoto,
the heartland of Japanese-style paintings.
Murakami Kagaku represents those artists by painting Mount Rokko and Buddhist
Picture. He lived in Hanakuma, Kobe in his last years because the house where
he grew up was there.
Including the works of Murakami Kagaku we possess the works of Higashiyama Kaii
, who expressed the sea and mountains as one’s original landscapes that
evoke deep emotion, Mitani Toshiko, famous for images of women filled with vitality,
and Mizukoshi Shonan and Yamashita Maki , who provide classy atmosphere.
We remain committed to collecting works that represent the modern
Japanese era, looking beyond collecting only the works of artists associated with
Hyogo Prefecture. To say nothing of "Hagoromo Tennyo," of Honda Kinkichiro
and works of Jinnaka Itoko , which clearly show interesting situations of western-style
paintings in the beginning of the Meiji Era, we have added works of various artists
to our collection, such as "Bush Clover" of Okada Saburosuke, the representative
work in the early Bunten Exhibition, and the works of Kishida Ryusei , Yasui Sohtaro
and Maeda Kanji , who had a great influence on young artists in the same era.
The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, the forerunner
of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, constantly proceeded with the trends of
art in a given era. We regarded collecting and exhibiting the works, which show
such trends, as an important role. For "Gutai," which developed the
most significant avant-garde art movement in the postwar Kansai area, we own a
wide range of works of members in the early days, such as Motonaga Sadamasa, Shiraga
Kazuo, Shimamoto Shozo and Tanaka Atsuko in addition to the leader, Yoshihara
Jiro. Furthermore, the works of the artists like Sugai Kumi and Tsutaka Waichi,
who are deeply related to Hyogo Prefecture, form a part of our collection.
Our collection of postwar art has been made more complete by adding the whole
"Yamamura Collection" in 1987. Recently, many works of Yokoo Tadanori,
who came from Nishiwaki City and continues with versatile activities, have been
added to our collection.