A Guide to Shizuoka Museum
Updated: Apr 7
Founded in 1986, the 9,238 m2 museum is located on a hill on the northern side of the Nihondaira plateau in the southern part of the city. The 3,024 m2 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.