Welcome to OTANI MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM, NISHINOMIYA CITY

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The Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City was established based on the contribution, including the land, building and works of art, from the late Takejiro Otani (the former president of Showa Electrode Co., Ltd. - currently SEC CARBON, Ltd.). It was opened in November 1972 in order to widely open the art collection to the public.
In addition to the initial collection, primarily Japanese modern Western paintings, modern Japanese paintings and modern French paintings, we collect works of art of the local artists, mainly in Hanshin area, and prints. Now, we possess more than 1100 works of art.
Including holding exhibitions related to Japanese modern art history, an original drawing exhibition which has been getting popular in recent years, and exhibitions other than paintings in cross genre art, we introduce new art. These exhibitions help us to understand recent trends in art.
In January 1991, the museum was entirely remodeled and extended to form the building as it is today. It maintains the great aspect of Japanese style residence and people can enjoy the flowing waterfall from the entrance lobby. A lot of visitors love this as the museum has water, greenery and a beautiful garden.
History
1971
August 31st
Takejiro Otani offered contribution to the city of Nishinomiya in order to establish an art museum.
1972
March 13th
A committee was held to prepare the opening of the Incorporated Foundation Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City (provisional name) .
November 2nd
Opening ceremony of the museum
Opening exhibition “Otani Collection”
November 3rd - March 31st 1973
1975
December 5th
Registration by the Museum Act
1977
November 26th
Completion ceremony of the new wing and an atelier
Completion exhibition “Ryohei Koiso Exhibition”
November 27th - December 20th
1982
May 4th
The 36th Kobe Shimbun Encouragement Award was received
1989
May 3rd
Remodeling and extension work started
1991
January 15th
Completion ceremony of the remodeling and extension
Completion exhibition “Youth and Study Abroad of Artist Painters”
January 15th - February 11th
1995
January 17th
The Kobe Earthquake occurred
The building, facilities and works of art of the museum were severely damaged by the earthquake.
The museum was closed and all events were cancelled.
1996
January 17th
Waichi Tsutaka “Memorial Exhibition”
January 17th - March 3rd
Special exhibitions, permanent exhibitions and other events resumed
2012
 
The 40th anniversary exhibition
The main collection of modern art, Western paintings, and Japanese paintings were exhibited.
2012
September 13th
Total visitors reached 3 million
2013
April 1st
Reorganized as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation
Collection
COURBET,Gustave「Sleeping Harvester」circa 1845
COURBET,Gustave「Sleeping Harvester」circa 1845
UEMURA,Shoen「Firefly」1943
UEMURA,Shoen「Firefly」1943
OTANI MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM , NISIHINOMIYA CITY OTANI MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM, NISHINOMIYA CITY
Address /4-38 Nakahamacho, Nishinomiya Hyogo 662-0952, JAPAN
     TEL 0798-33-0164 / FAX 0798-33-1699

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