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 of:
Modern European paintings, concentrating on those by French Impressionists, Japanese oil paintings and Japanese-style paintings from after the Meiji Period to the Recent. These paintings are exhibited permanently in the Museum. From Gallery1 to Gallery4 of the Main Hall, about 90 works of the Modern European paintings are exhibited, so that visitors can have a general theme of the 150 years of modern European paintings from the French Romantic period to the Ecole de Paris, with its emphasis on works by French Impressionists. In the part of the Annex galleries are exhibited about 10 works by Japanese-style painters. Besides maintaining the permanent exhibition as described above, the Museum offers special exhibitions.
|Name of Museum||Hiroshima Museum of Art|
|Address||3 - 2, Motomachi(in Central Park), Naka-ku, Hiroshima
|Director||Mr. Koji IKEDA|
The main building was built in order to pay homage to the Atomic Bomb Dome. The museum’s motto, “For Love and Peace,” raises a prayer for the many precious lives lost in the atomic bombing of 6 August 1945, seeking peace for their souls and expressing a longing for world peace.
In the front garden of Hiroshima Museum of Art, there are Marronniers (Horse Chestnut tree) and The Fountain of Marronniers next to it. Mr. Claude Picasso, a son of Pablo Picasso, donated the tree to commemorate of the museum in 1980. Lovely, pink flowers bloom at the beginning of May every year. The Fountain of Marronniers was named after the tree. A group of Carps, which is a symbol of Hiroshima, swim in the fountain and add to the color palette of the front garden as the fountain spouts refreshing water into the air.