Kunst & Design
Kunstmuseum der Präfektur Hiroshima 広島県立美術館
A fine repository of local art treasures, with exhibitions of global stature
The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum features the works of local artists and even everyday citizens. The traveling shows bring in works from da Vinci and offbeat exhibits like Shaun the Sheep.
The museum itself is a wide-open space with a spacious lobby, a huge atrium, and a great Italian restaurant.
How to Get There
The museum is a 10-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, or you can take the streetcar to Hiroden Shukkeien-Mae Station, which is just a few minutes' walk away from the main entrance.
What's on display?
The museum houses around 3,400 works of art, much of which comes from Hiroshima Prefecture, with art by local artists such as Ikuo Hirayama, the prolific nihonga-style painter. There is also an art library with an extensive collection to browse through as well as the Hi-Vision Gallery Lecture Hall, which puts on regular events.
Reaching out to the community
The museum also has a Citizen's Gallery, which displays the work of local residents.
The Citizen's Gallery, which allows lesser-known artists to share their work with a wider audience, is a much-appreciated resource, especially with art students and enthusiasts.
Special exhibitions on tap
The museum also prides itself on its rotating exhibitions that showcase a wide variety of artwork from around the world. The shows typically last for several weeks, so keep an eye on their schedule to make sure you do not miss out.
In 2017, the museum had an extremely varied set of exhibitions, from the mural painting "Battle of Anghiari" by Leonardo Da Vinci to an extensive exhibition of props, sets, videos, and drawings from Shaun the Sheep, the British stop-motion animation TV show made by Aardman Animations.