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A Guide to Chiba Museums

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art

(千葉県立美術館)

Location: Chiba

Web: www2.chiba-muse.or.jp/www/ART/contents/1520270199902/index.html

The museum collects works by artists who are related to Chiba Prefecture and who are both from domestic and international sources focusing on modern and contemporary art. Especially, it systematically collects works by the artists who are connected with the Prefecture of Chiba such as Chu Asai who participated in a scene as a pioneer of westernstyle painting, his pupils and surrounding artists, and artists such as Hotsuma Katori and Shinobu Tsuda, metalworkers who strove for development in the Japanese modern crafts scene.

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Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

(DIC川村記念美術館)

Location: Sakura

Web: kawamura-museum.dic.co.jp/en/index.html

The Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art has around 1,000 works of art on permanent display. The collection features artists from around the world and contains a number of iconic pieces in various media. There are regular works on display as temporary exhibits that change throughout the year as well. The museum displays art both by major 20th century artists and lesser known artists. Names that have appeared in the collection include Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, René Magritte, Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, and Frank Stella.

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The Hoki Museum

(ホキ美術館)

Location: Chiba

Web: www.hoki-museum.jp/en/index.html

The Hoki Museum is Japan's first museum dedicated to Realist painting. Approximately 150 works by around 60 artists are on display at any one time, including 36 paintings that form Japan's largest collection of works by Sousuke Morimoto, and others by artists such as Hiroshi Noda and Tadahiko Nakayama.

Naritasan Museum of Calligraphy

(成田山書道美術館)

Location: Narita

Web: www.naritashodo.jp/?lang=en

Their collection covers extensive works of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, from the ancient time to the contemporary and especially the masterpieces from Edo period to contemporary.

Mogi-Honke Museum of Art

(茂木本家美術館)

Location: Noda

Web: www.momoa.jp/index.html

This museum has three thousand several hundred art works in total, including Ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock prints), Japanese paintings, and sculptures. About eighty to ninety art works are regularly displayed, along with several rotating exhibits a year.

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