大塚国際美術館へ行きました! /Visit to Otsuka Art Museum!

国内最大の美術館へ / To the largest museum in the country


Hello this is Ryo Utsunomiya.
Last week, I traveled around the four prefectures of Ehime, Kochi, Tokushima and Kagawa.
Today, I will write about our visit to Otsuka International Art Museum in Tokushima.


Otsuka International Art Museum is the largest museum in Japan established by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group in 1998. About 1000 art masterpieces were reproduced to their full original size using ceramic and special printing techniques. Their magnificent scale is also amazing, but what’s even more amazing is that almost all of the works were retouched by hand to recreate the paint brush strokes and irregularities originally seen in the artworks. It was also possible to touch all works and see them up close and personal. This was an experience that you would not be able to get if you were to see the original artwork at the most recognized museums such as the Louvre.


※ For details see the official website

国内最高のチケット代でも… / Even with the highest museum price ticket fee in Japan…


General tickets are as high as 3,240 yen (but elementary and junior high school students are 540 yen !!) The museum has three basement floors to the two ground floors. Highly recommended (especially for those interested in art) with an immense amount of artwork that cannot be overlooked in a single day. Even people who may not know or have a direct interest in viewing the “Mona Lisa”, “Last Supper” and “Guernica” can still find something unique and fascinating during their visit to this museum. In addition to having the exhibited artworks, there are free tours with complete explanations behind the history, art techniques and some of the hidden meanings behind some of the most well-known pieces of art. I think that this fact makes it easy to find interest in something that you did not know about before.


The exhibition contains famous artworks from ancient times to contemporary modern art (with some of Japanese people’s most favorite artists on display) all arranged in chronological order. This makes it easy to understand the important role art played during each era from a bigger scale. From times to where art was taught using textbooks, coming here and seeing the scale and the flow of art history in a single building was quite refreshing. I think one can absorb the magnificence of art, its significance in our society and the power of this wonderful experience as you enter this museum.

アーティストの残した痕跡に触れるという体験 / Experience the traces left behind by the artists




Some of the things that came across my mind during my visit were: “Michelangelo’s usage of color creates an image so real that it leaves me wondering whether the subjects will start moving inside the frame” or “Van Gogh’s paintings look perfect from afar but when you look up close, the brushstrokes are random and disorganized”. Otsuka Museum was not only impressive in its number of artworks displayed but on their quality as well.

This museum was foremost the best I’ve ever seen, but what I was particularly most impressed with was the art of my favorite painter, Egon Schiele. Egon Schiele was born in Vienna and was an active artist in the late nineteenth and the twentieth century. He was famous during the same time as Klimt known for the gold adorned “Kiss”. Schiele’s private life was difficult but his artwork is impressive. The illustrative style he uses is unique and was kept alive in this ceramic replica. Schiele is the master of rich, expressive power that displays the frailty of humanity. Although at that time his talent was on the rise, he died at the young age of 28, just over 100 years ago due to the Spanish flu. It was a very moving experience for me, especially because of the fact that we were able to touch such valuable traces of paint left behind. Even the fact that this painting was simply a replica, it was an experience definitely worth paying for. If you have not been to Otsuka International Art Museum yet, please do not miss it. It is surely possible to meet your favorite artists and some of their most famous works on display here



I hope you enjoyed this recap of my experience at the Otsuka International Art Museum in Tokushima. Thank you for reading and until next time!


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