Hosomi Museum

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(hoshino bijutsukan)

The Hosomi Museum is a renowned art museum located in Kyoto, Japan. It was established in 1998 by Osaka-based businessman, Toshio Hosomi, to showcase his extensive collection of Japanese and East Asian art. The museum building itself is a work of art, designed by renowned Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, and features a minimalist design that complements the collection housed within.

The museum’s collection comprises over 1,000 pieces of art, including paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, lacquerware, and Buddhist sculptures, ranging from the 8th to the 20th century. Notable pieces in the collection include a set of six folding screens titled “The Tale of Genji” by Tosa Mitsunobu, as well as works by Ogata Korin, Kano Eitoku, and Hakuin Ekaku.

One of the unique features of the Hosomi Museum is its focus on “shin-gyo-so,” a Japanese term that refers to the three major art forms of painting, calligraphy, and poetry. The museum aims to showcase how these three forms of art are interconnected and have influenced each other throughout Japanese history.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Hosomi Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year, featuring works by both established and emerging artists. These exhibitions cover a wide range of themes and styles, offering visitors a diverse and engaging experience.

The museum’s location in Kyoto is also significant, as the city has a rich history and culture, and was the imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years. Visitors to the museum can explore the surrounding area and take in the city’s many temples, shrines, and traditional architecture.

Overall, the Hosomi Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in Japanese and East Asian art, and offers a unique and immersive experience that showcases the beauty and diversity of these rich cultural traditions.

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