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COLLECTION SUMMARY

The collection of Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka is made up of around 5,700 works (as of March 2019; excluding deposited works), 4,600 donated and 1,100 purchased. These are representative works of domestic and overseas art from the mid-nineteenth century up until the present, collected with reference to the richness of art generated here in Osaka. The collection spans Western-style painting by Japanese artists, nihonga (Japanese-sytle painting), European modern art, contemporary art, prints, photographs, sculpture, design, and more. With highlights including notable works by Saeki Yuzo, a nude by Modigliani, works by the Gutai group’s leading figure, Yoshihara Jiro, and overseas masterpieces,

the collection is highly esteemed at the international level. Works from the collection have been exhibited over 60 times, mostly as part of exhibitions showcasing the museum’s collection, both in and beyond Osaka.

Loans are made to other facilities, and to this day, a total of more than 3,000 of our works have been borrowed by over 800 museums, including many outside Japan. Many precious works have been deposited in the collection. The deposit of the Suntory Poster Collection (comprising 18,000 works) in 2012, to add to our preexisting collection of furniture and tableware, has enabled us to assemble one of the largest design-based collections in the world. We plan to continue enriching our collection after the museum’s opening.

Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka Collection Database (Japanese language)

Collection focus

  • Modern artworks and materials with a focus on Saeki Yuzo
  • Modern and contemporary artworks and materials related to Osaka
  • Notable modern and contemporary artworks and materials
  • Works and materials of modern and contemporary design related to Osaka
  • Notable works and materials of modern and contemporary design