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 Museum's Collection
The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, as well as its predecessor the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, has collected a large number of artworks through purchase and donation.
Currently, the museum owns approximately 9,000 works, which form the basis of the museum’s various activities.

Foreign Sculptures Japanese Sculptures Foreign Prints Japanese Prints
Western-style paintings associated with Hyogo Prefecture Japanese-style paintings associated with Hyogo Prefecture Masterpieces of Japanese modern art Contemporary Art

Rodin, Auguste
1892 (Cast in 1971), bronze
Foreign Sculptures
Since the opening of the Museum of Modern Art, sculptures have been one of the main focal points of collection and display. In particular, we have continued to systematically collect pieces of foreign works 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 expressions of the 20th century, through Bourdelle and Maillol, great artists of the 19th century.
Our collection has been further enriched via the museum's relocation by adding the works of Brancu?i and Segal.
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Nakahara, Teijiro [Resting Woman]
1919, bronze
Japanese Sculptures
Japanese modern sculpture developed under the great influence of European sculpture, including the works of Rodin. After World War II, new expressions were sequentially created in response to various overseas trends.
We have widely collected the works of sculptors who represent the modern and contemporary art field, such as Yanagihara Yoshitatsu, Funakoshi Yasutake, Sato Churyo, Horiuchi Masakazu, Ueki Shigeru, and Shingu Susumu. These works are on permanent display alongside foreign sculptures. The museum showcases a large number of sculptures with unique expressions created by different materials and artists.
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Kandinsky, Wassily [Lyriches] (from "Klaenge") 1911, woodcut on paper
Foreign Prints
Along with 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 eccentric print works are the highlight of the museum’s collection.
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Kato, Taro [Work (2)]
c. 1938, woodcut on paper
Japanese Prints
Japanese prints once experienced a period of great prosperity through Ukiyo-e. After Western art influx into Japan in the modern era, a wide variety of expressions were created under its influence.
These included the artworks of Kobayashi Kiyochika, who brought a new scope to the scenery print tradition; Kawase Hasui, who founded the “Shin-hanga” art movement; Taninaka Yasunori and Kawanishi Hide, famous for “Sosaku-hanga” (prints used for creativity, not reproducibility); and the world-recognized Hasegawa Kiyoshi, Hamada Chimei, and Ikeda Masuo. Through the museum's collection of works by the artists listed above, visitors will be able to trace the history of Japanese prints from the modern period to the present day.
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Kanayama Heizo [The Mogami River in Oishida]
c. 1948, oil on canvas
Japanese-style paintings associated with Hyogo Prefecture
Kanayama Heizo and Koiso Ryohei. The museum owns a wide variety of paintings by 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, Wada Sanzo, and Aoyama Kumaji (the three great artists born in Ikuno in the Tajima region); Hayashi Shigeyoshi, who lived in Kobe after returning from a journey to Europe; Koide Narashige, who lived in Ashiya during his later years; and Iida Misao and Asahara Kiyotaka, who explored significant expressions during their short lives. In addition, our collection includes "The Portrait of a Family" by Burliuk, the father of Russian Futurism, and "People Seeing Off Soldiers" by Abe Gosei. These two artists were also closely associated with Kobe, although they were not born in Hyogo.
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Murakami, Kagaku [Mountain in Autumn] 1935
Color on paper
Japanese-style paintings associated with Hyogo Prefecture
Hyogo has nourished artists with firm and creative characters. These artists make Hyogo a little different from Kyoto, the center of Japanese-style paintings.
One of them is Murakami Kagaku, who lived in his adopted house in Hanakuma, Kobe in his later years (and where he also lived in his early years) and painted the Rokko Mountains and images of the Buddha.
In addition to 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 with a vivid sense of life; and Mizukoshi Shonan and Yamashita Maki, both of whose artworks have a stylish atmosphere.
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Yasui, Sotaro [Festival Day in Paris]
1912, oil on canvas
Masterpieces of Japanese modern art
The museum has continued to collect works that represent modern Japanese art, as well as works by artists associated with Hyogo.
Collections include "Hagoromo Tennyo" by Honda Kinkichiro and the works of Jinnaka Itoko, which clearly show interesting situations of western-style paintings in the beginnings of Meiji Era; "Bush Clover" by Okada Saburosuke, the representative work in the early Bunten Exhibition; and the works of Kishida Ryusei, Yasui Sotaro, and Maeta Kanji, all three of whom had a great influence on young artists in the same era.
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Shiraga Kazuo 1958
Oil Painting/Torinokogami Paper
Contemporary Art
This museum’s predecessor, the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, always moved forward alongside the artistic trends of the day. Its collections and exhibitions came to be seen to have an important role to play. In particular, it currently holds a large number of works by the initial members of GUTAI, the association which developed the most important avant-garde art movement in post-war Kansai, including its leader Yoshihara Jiro, as well as Motonaga Sadamasa, Shiraga Kazuo, Shimamoto Shozo, and Tanaka Atsuko. In addition, through holding works from Sugai Kumi and Tsutaka Waichi, the Museum is undoubtedly home to works from artists with deep connections to the area. Its post-war art collection was improved further by the acquisition of the entire “Yamamura Collection” in 1987. More recently, it has acquired a large number of works by Yokoo Tadanori from Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture, who began as a graphic designer but is now prominent in a wide variety of fields.

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