The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is a modern and contemporary art museum found along the waterfront in the HAT Kobe district. It was built as part of the city's recovery efforts after the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, and was designed by Ando Tadao, one of Japan's leading contemporary architects who has designed museums on Naoshima, Omotesando Hills and the Tokyo Skytree among other famous buildings.
We walked over to the Art Museum along the quay and from the waterfront walked around the building to get to the entrance. The permanent collection entrance fee is a bargain (300Yen, about 2,5Euro). Fortunately we also took the special exhibition access which was a bit more at 1300Yen.
First of all, the architecture of the museum is impressive, and certainly inside you notice how well conceived it is for art exhibitions.
The permanent collection consists mainly of Japanese artist work roughly from 1900 to 2010. There's also some European/US work with a Zadkine statue, some Picasso and Giacometti drawings, and work from Andy Warhol.
At this moment there's a special exhibition till May 8th on Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924). We didn't know him, yet the artwork on display is beautiful. It ranges from drawings on paper, to silk paintings and others. You notice the mix of Japanese calligraphy with beautiful and varied art work.
A real recommendation!
The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
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