Outline of The Museum
Hiroshima Museum of Art, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1978 by Hiroshima Bank in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of its foundation. On November 3 of the same year, the Museum was formally opened in a specially designed building at one end of Central Park, located in the heart of Hiroshima City.
The paintings in the possession of the Museum comprise:
- Modern European paintings, concentrating on those by French Impressionists,
- Japanese oil paintings from after the Meiji Period to the Recent.
These paintings are exhibited permanently in the Museum. From the Gallery1 to the Gallery4 of the Main Hall, about 90 works of Modern European paintings are exhibited, so that visitors can have a general theme of the 150 year history of modern European paintings from the French Romantic period to the Ecole de Paris, with its emphasis on works by French Impressionists. In the Annex gallery are exhibited about 90 works by modern Japanese painters, ranging from the dawn of modern Western style painting in Japan to the present period. Besides maintaining the permanent exhibition as described above, the Museum offers special exhibitions.