A Guide to Osaka Museums
Updated: Mar 31
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection comprises smaller collections that were assembled and donated by a number of businessmen. This gives the collection an international scope, including Etruscan works from Italy and Coptic art from Egypt and incorporating examples of artistic style that are difficult to find elsewhere in Japan. The majority of properties preserved there, however, are oriental works connected with Buddhism.
Most of the artwork in the collection is from the post-war era. Pre-war exceptions include work by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Tsuguharu Foujita and Yasuo Kuniyoshi.
The collection mostly consists of Chinese and Korean ceramics, including Japanese ceramics as well as generous donations such as the Korean ceramics of the “Rhee Byung-Chang Collection" and works by Hamada Shoji, boasting as one of the finest collections of East Asian ceramics in the world in terms of both quality and quantity.
The museum plans and holds exhibitions on Oriental antiques primarily from Japan and China. Six exhibitions are held annually in the main building as described below. On display in the annex are works that include jade, bronzeware, and ceramics from China, as well as Western modern art by such masters as Renoir and Rodin.