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Otaru City Museum of Art

Summary of art and art museum of Otaru

Art of Otaru

<the beginning>

 It is Japanese painter, Tokan Fudetani to have played an active part as painter from Otaru earliest. Fudeya was born in 1875 (1875) age Otaru and learned from Tokyo Bijutsu school (existing Tokyo University of the Arts) and studied under Gaho Hashimoto and played an active part as revival Japan academy coterie.

 In foreign film, Noboru Hasegawa, Kenkichi Kodera during attendance at school, three people of Saburo Kudo form sorrel art exhibition at Tokyo Bijutsu school in 1909 (Meiji 42) and hold first exhibition in Otaru. After the graduation, Hasegawa participated in foundation of spring sunshine society, and Kodera, Kudo played an active part in sentence exhibition, but we remained in Otaru, and Kudo acted for developing instruction after the European studying abroad. In addition, in these days, picture in watercolors art exhibition in Japan, two department exhibition nikakawattayahirasawataisho Yaichiro Yamauchi lived in Otaru and held white tide society first exhibition of choritsushotaruchugakuko (existing shotarushioryokoko) in 1914 (Taisho 3), and youths who held interest in art have begun to increase.

Tokan Fudetani

hitsutanitokanhoshirai 1925

▲hitsutanitokanhoshirai 1925


sanurasenchiiwakage 1954

▲sanurasenchiiwakage 1954

Noboru Hasegawa

Noboru Hasegawa infant image

▲Noboru Hasegawa infant image


<development of Otaru art>

 Not only we brought up foreign film of Otaru, but also sanurasenchi greatly contributed to Hokkaido art. Miura opens Otaru foreign film research institute with kenheieiji of true younger brother in 1916 (Taisho 5). This research institute where Nakano 51, Zensaku Nakamura and others learned from became big base of the Hokkaido world of art at the time in the days of the eighth research institute exhibition. Mood of open call for participants exhibition establishment increased by this think-tanker, and Taichi Corporation was formed afterwards by naming of Genji Otsuki. Taichi Corporation who left as coterie exhibition became long-awaited open call for participants exhibition for fifth exhibition and we gathered works more than 500 points from all of the road and attracted attention. Moving of establishing opened such open call for participants exhibition with movement of Taichi Corporation almost simultaneously in all of the road, and, led by research institute and painters of Sapporo, Hokkaido art association (way exhibition) was formed in 1925 (Taisho 14), and Taiji Corporation closed curtain by sixth exhibition in form that had finished carrying out important role last.

 When it was 1930 (Showa 5), young painters who carried Noboru Kunimatsu, Yoshio Kotake and others, nochino Hokkaido painting circles under sanurasenchi gathered and foreign film research institute was established again and was named nude child Corporation. In addition, Narita Yuquan forms light soil company in about 1929 (Showa 4), and Seiji Kaneko, Shiko Munakata and others exhibit. We were from association of young man art (10, Showa) by local painter, Otaru foreign film research institute, and there was movement such as north art association (11, Showa) which painter who played an active part in center painting circles formed, new Otaru creation print association (13, Showa) which descended of print afterward, but the situation gradually inclined to war, and activity that the world of art was free came to be difficult.

 In 1947 (Showa 22), Otaru-shi led in way and, in postwar confusion, held Otaru-shi art exhibition (city exhibition). In addition, in 1948 (Showa 23), Otaru picture in watercolors art exhibition that assumed Shinkichi Miyazaki chairperson started and became the beginning of full-scale art activity revival. And new fictionization is continuing now.



 Otaru blessed with natural good harbors located in the heart of Hokkaido developed early as base of Hokkaido development. We hung early in the Showa era in the Taisho era from the Meiji era in particular, and active economic activities were developed around harbor which treated shipping of coal and prospered as merchant town that represented Hokkaido. It produces writer who left achievements superior in art, various fields including literature as if we call this.

 We introduced footprint of such a guide, and, for art culture improvement, Otaru art museum establishment resolution society started in 1979 and redecorated the second floor of the Government building by hand of resolution society for Otaru-shi, and Otaru City Museum of Art opened on August 19, 1979.

 In art museum, we investigate mainly on work of artist with connection in Otaru and collect and save and display and hold temporary exhibition based on specific theme and carry out art lecture, art walk again.

Art museum facility

Zensaku Nakamura memory hall The first floor (October, 1988 establishment)
  • We introduce work, document of landscape artist Zensaku Nakamura on behalf of Japan
Arinori Ichihara memory hall The third floor (April, 2011 establishment)
  • We introduce work, document of woodblock artist Arinori Ichihara on behalf of Japan
Plan exhibition room The second floor (August, 1979 establishment)
  • We display mainly on work of writer related to Otaru
Citizen gallery, multipurpose gallery The first floor

(September, 1979 establishment)

(January, 2011 repair)

  • We are used by events such as art exhibitions by citizen


Guidance of use of art museum

Closed day

  • The next day (it becomes transfer without but taking a rest in the case of Saturday and Sunday) on Monday Sundays and holidays
  • The year-end and New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3)

Opening time

  • From 9:30 to 17:00 (as for the admission until 16:30)


◇It is approximately ten minutes from JR Otaru Station on footMap (than JR Otaru Station as a 10-minute walk) to Otaru City Museum of Art

(we go ahead through Route 5 to Sapporo direction and turn left at the intersection of industrial hall to sea side direction. Near Former Temiya Railway and Bank of Japan finance museum)

◇It is approximately five minutes on foot from central bus "in front of main office" bus stop

◇Free parking lot (approximately 20) is available.

  • There is parking lot on sea side of facility.
  • It may not be available at the time of congestion such as at the time of event holding. (please use toll parking lot of neighborhood)
  • As for the use, please let the staff know parking lot for handicapped person.


Viewing charges

Plan exhibition

◇Only for day of common admission ticket ... equivalence, we can see art museum, Literature Museum.

  • General 500 yen (400 yen)
  • High school student 250 yen (200 yen)
  • One 250 yen (200 yen) to live in the city 70 years or older

◇We can usually see only admission ticket ... art museum.

  • General 300 yen (240 yen)
  • High school student 150 yen (120 yen)
  • One 150 yen (120 yen) to live in the city 70 years or older

※() It is groups rate more than inner ha 20.

※One where is lower than junior high student is free.

Person having certificate of the physically disabled, nursing notebook or mental patient health welfare notebook and caregiver are free.


Temporary exhibition


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