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A Guide to Shizuoka Museum

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

(静岡県立美術館)

Location: Shizuoka

Web: spmoa.shizuoka.shizuoka.jp/en/guide/

Founded in 1986, the 9,238.51m2 museum is located on a hill on the northern side of the Nihondaira plateau in the southern part of the city. The 3,024.36m2 domed Rodin wing houses a collection of thirty-two sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin, including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, and The Burghers of Calais. It also has Japanese paintings collection such as Kano school, etc.

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MOA Museum of Art

(MOA美術館)

Location: Atami

Web: www.moaart.or.jp/en/

It has collections of classical paintings, scrolls, sculptures, porcelain and lacquerwork from China and Japan. Major exhibits include National Treasures such as the Edo-period Red and White Ume Blossoms by Ogata Kōrin, and the tea-leaf jar with a design of wisteria by Ninsei. It also has a reconstruction of the 16th century Golden Tea Room, which was made under the supervision of the architect Sutemi Horiguchi, an expert of sukiya architecture.

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Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum

(ヴァンジ彫刻庭園美術館)

Location: Nagaizumi-cho

Web: www.clematis-no-oka.co.jp/vangi-museum/en/

The museum’s collection comprised works by Vangi dating from the 1960’s up to the present. Some are exhibited in the museum, while others can be viewed in the garden against the backdrop of the surrounding landscape.

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The Sano Art Museum

(佐野美術館)

Location: Mishima

Web: www.sanobi.or.jp/eng/index.html

The museum features a variety of distinguished objects, the most famous of which is a particular Japanese sword, called “Naginata”, which has been designated as a National Treasure. In addition, there are collections of gilt bronze Buddhist statues and calligraphic sutras, oriental ceramics, Japanese paintings, Noh masks, Japanese accessories, and much more.

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Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art

(池田20世紀美術館)

Location: Ito

Web: www.nichireki.co.jp/ikeda/?lang=en

The permanent collection consists of approximately 1,400 pieces centering on 20th century paintings and sculptures based on a theme of “humanity”. On permanent display inside the museum are epics and excellent works by international masters including Renoir, Bonnard, Picasso, Matisse, Léger, Chagall, Warhol, Miro, Dali, and de Kooning. 

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