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National Museum of Art Osaka: Museum (博物館)


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The National Museum of Art, Osaka
4-2-55 Nakanoshima, kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0005

About The National Museum of Art, Osaka:

The National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO) was opened on October 15, 1977, It was Japan's fourth national museum. The facility was developed at the place where the Expo Museum of Fine Arts at Expo'70 was held.

As of March 2011, NMAO holds a total of 6,109 works. They consists of about 3,000 of printed materials,including Yoko's posters, over half of the entire collection might be said to consist of about 3,000 prints, 751 watercolors or sketches and 605 photographs. The rest includes 593 paintings, 26 of which are "Nihonga" (Japanese-style painting), 319 sculptures, 76 crafts, and industrial design works such as furniture and lighting fixtures.
Finally, there are 633 reproductions of "Ukiyo-e" prints.

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Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (of library materials as of 2018):

Art related books: 17,000 items (13,000 Japanese, 4,000 non-Japanese)

Exhibit catalogs: 31,200 items (24,800 Japanese, 6,400 non-Japanese)

Periodicals: 1,500 titles (1,300 Japanese, 200 non-Japanese)

Focus: Paintings, Posters, Watercolors, Sketches, Photographs, Nihonga

Notable Collection(s):

In 1978, The chemist and businessman Kaichi Ohashi's donated 828 items to the museum. They include: 225 were paintings by AbeNobuya, Sugimata Tadashi, Nambata Tatsuyoshi, Imai Toshimitsu, Kikuhata Mokuma, Shiraga Kazuo, Motonaga Sdamasa, Georges Mathieu and Paul Jenkins, 586 prints, including 475 items by Isobe Yukihisa, and 17 sculptures by Kimura Kentaro and Mori Bushiro.

All of the works were produced between the late 50s and the 60s.

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects different romanization system used by an individual institution.

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