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Outstanding collection of realist art housed in an architectural marvel
Hoki Museum in Chiba houses an impressive collection of hyperrealist works of people, architecture and nature. It is a remarkable assemblage of 480 paintings collected astutely over many years. Its collection is said to be the most extensive library of realist art anywhere in the world.
The curves of the museum’s exterior walls echo the contours of neighboring Showa no Mori park. The corridor-like galleries work in symbiosis with one another and in relation to the space between them. The top cantilevered section thrusts out boldly into space, a literal floating world. Pockets of light, both artificial and natural, direct the eye to the museum's architectural features and meticulously created paintings inside. Renowned architectural firm Nikken Sekkei were approached to design the building and in 2011 received the Japan Architecture Grand Prize from the Japan Institute of Architects for their effort. Rounding out the museum experience is the onsite restaurant Hanau. Developed by Museum Director Hiroko Hoki, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Tokyo, Hanau favors fine wine and Italian food.