- Daisuke Okui
Otsuka Museum of Art, a temple of Western art (Tokushima)
About Otsuka Museum of Art
The Otsuka Museum of Art was established by the Otsuka Group in Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, and covers a total floor space of 29,412 square meters. The museum exhibits more than 1,000 masterpieces from around the world, spanning a period of more than 2,000 years. However, the works on display are basically ceramic board replicas of the originals and not the real thing (for the real thing of a particular work, go to the place where the real thing is located). The beauty of the Otsuka Museum of Art is that by creating a place where many works of art are displayed in one place, visitors can see and feel the art history beyond the works of art.
The reproductions of paintings on ceramic boards are faithfully reproduced with the same dimensions and color scheme as the originals, and for some works, there are three-dimensional reconstructions of the locations where the works were installed, drawing visitors into a world of beauty.
Recommended Sightseeing and Attractions at the Otsuka Museum of Art
Ancient - Medieval, Renaissance (B3F)
Visitors can follow the chronological order of works from ancient Roman frescoes such as the Villa of the Secrets in Pompeii, Byzantine art with many religious paintings using mosaics, Romanesque art that is simple and plain but contains the thoughts of the people, and the flowering of the Renaissance. The number of years traced is about 1,500 years worth of works. Take your time as you feel the swell and evolution of the magnificent history of art.
Renaissance ~ Baroque (B2F)
With the prosperity of the Renaissance, painting and art were greatly sublimated and spread from the Italian peninsula to the whole of Europe. The Baroque period, with its dramatic dramas and compositions, was followed by a period of great artistic development in Flanders and Spain.
On this floor, lined with familiar masterpieces, visitors will be able to enjoy the dynamism of the masters at the peak of their powers.
Baroque - Modern (B1F)
The 18th and 19th centuries saw the divergence of various artistic trends in Europe. Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism emerged and dominated the art world. The exhibition of Van Gogh's seven sunflowers is a must-see, as are the works of Goya, Delacroix, Millet, and others, all of which are familiar to the Japanese.
In the contemporary era, the currents of art have become increasingly diverse, and it has become difficult to fit them into a specific style. Among them, Picasso's "Guernica," a masterpiece with a strong message, is a must-see. The exhibition also includes works by Chagall, the painter of light, and other painters active in the 20th century.
Rest and Lunch at the Otsuka Museum of Art
A visit to the Otsuka Museum of Art takes at least three hours, and if time permits, a full day is recommended. The museum has a variety of rest areas, restaurants, and cafes, so you can take a break or enjoy lunch in an artistic setting.