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.
Takejiro Otani offered contribution to the city of Nishinomiya in order to establish an art museum.
A committee was held to prepare the opening of the Incorporated Foundation Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City (provisional name) .
Opening ceremony of the museum
Opening exhibition “Otani Collection”
November 3rd - March 31st 1973
Registration by the Museum Act
Completion ceremony of the new wing and an atelier
Completion exhibition “Ryohei Koiso Exhibition”
November 27th - December 20th
The 36th Kobe Shimbun Encouragement Award was received
Remodeling and extension work started
Completion ceremony of the remodeling and extension
Completion exhibition “Youth and Study Abroad of Artist Painters”
January 15th - February 11th
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.
Waichi Tsutaka “Memorial Exhibition”
January 17th - March 3rd
Special exhibitions, permanent exhibitions and other events resumed
The 40th anniversary exhibition
The main collection of modern art, Western paintings, and Japanese paintings were exhibited.
Total visitors reached 3 million
Reorganized as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation
COURBET,Gustave「Sleeping Harvester」circa 1845
OTANI MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM, NISHINOMIYA CITY
Address ／4-38 Nakahamacho, Nishinomiya Hyogo 662-0952, JAPAN
TEL 0798-33-0164 ／ FAX 0798-33-1699