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Let's Travel!

Don't you want to go out in the last few years with a feeling of restlessness and blockage? Let's go on a trip! ! ! ! That said, it's kind of difficult. Then why not take a trip through the works?

Find a ship that was launched on land. Take a walk along the waterways of Edinburgh. See Burgundy villages from the train window. Finding a large tree deep in the forest. Why don't you feel like traveling in the museum?


A painting based on faithfully drawing what you see. However, there are as many ways to draw as there are artists. In an era where digital photography can be taken instantaneously, a realist paints the canvas stroke by stroke. There is something in it that provokes more excitement than reality. The basic idea is to draw something that impresses the artist, and it takes a long time, sometimes a year, to finish one piece. It also leads to the pursuit of what human existence is, something that only humans can do. It is a form of expression different from photography, and based on the basics of drawing as it is, it draws more than that. It is a work of sincere thought. Realistic paintings are paintings that you can enter without any background knowledge.

realist paintingWhat is


The Hoki Museum opened in Midori Ward, Chiba City in 2010 as a museum specializing in realistic paintings, which is rare in the world. The collection contains about 500 realistic paintings collected by Masao Hoki. A 3-layer structure with 1 floor above ground and 2 floors below ground facing Showa no Mori, Chiba City's largest park, with a total of 500 meters of exhibition space. In the corridor-shaped gallery, you can always appreciate about 120 masterpieces of realism by about 60 contemporary artists, including Sosuke Morimoto, Hiroshi Noda, and Tadahiko Nakayama. Gallery 1 is made to float in the air with a steel plate structure, and you can look out over the forest from the window at the tip. Gallery talks are held irregularly by inviting painters and specialists, and in the past, concerts such as classical guitar, string quartet, piano and cello duo were also held.

Hoki MuseumWhat is

Toshiro Aoki, Kazuo Ishikawa, Kenichiro Ishiguro, Toshihiro Ohata, Osamu Obi, Fumihiko Gomi, Nobuyuki Shimamura, Shigeru Sone, Hiroshi Noda, Yutaka Haneda, Masayuki Hara, Ryo Shiotani, Yutaro Nakanishi, Shuichi Fujiwara, Sosuke Morimoto (5) alphabetical order)

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Exhibition Archive

While there are many portrait paintings in the world's masterpieces, I think that there are many landscape paintings in Japan's masterpieces. Japan has four distinct seasons, and I think that's why. The change of seasons is the flow of time itself. That's enough to make you feel impermanence. It is said that realistic paintings depict "existence", but existence always embraces time and changes. The water surface and sky of Lake Kasumigaura, not a two-dimensional painting where time has stopped, but a painting that includes time.

Toshihiro Ohata “Glorious Light – Lake Kasumigaura”

Toshihiro Ohata: Born in Shimane Prefecture in 1960. Completed graduate school at Tokyo University of the Arts. Received the Prime Minister's Award at the Hakujitsu Exhibition in 2007. A talented painter who leads modern realism with his precise depiction.

"You can see most of the scenery in the daytime, but at night there are parts that you can see and parts that you can't see. At that time, you can't see it, so you draw it as something you can't see, or you can't see it, but it actually exists as a space. This is the kind of thing I was thinking about with this work." This is the first exhibition of the Hoki Museum, showing the artist's keen sensitivity as he draws the Kamo River at night in Kyoto and delicately weaves the waves.

15th International ARC Salon Exhibition sponsored by Art Renewal Center, USA, Sotheby's New York.

Yutaro Nakanishi “Night Kamogawa”

Yutaro Nakanishi: Born in Kyoto in 2000. At the age of 16, he was the youngest to be selected for the 2nd Hoki Museum Grand Prize. He explores Japanese spirituality and the values of beauty through the objective expression method of realistic painting.

Around the end of his thirties, he went abroad to sketch, and ended up in Provence in the south of France by chance. In this small town where many people came from France, England and Germany to escape the summer heat, he lodged in a farmhouse and painted many of the nearby landscapes outdoors. No details are drawn in, and the paint is applied firmly to enrich the tone, and the painter likes it.

Toshiro Aoki "Farmhouse in Provence"

Toshiro Aoki: Born in Kyoto in 1947. A painter who continues to pursue the style of realism and the techniques of European classical painting based on local research.

The rolling hills, red roofs, vineyards, grasslands, and other landscapes of the Burgundy region remind us of something we've seen before. Speaking of Burgundy, the first thing that comes to mind is Vézelay (World Heritage Site, starting point for pilgrimages). The untouched medieval little town on the hill is beautiful, lovely and charming. I have visited many times, but every time I go, I discover new things and my interest never ends. The expanse of Vézelay Hill made the composition of this painting extremely long. The feeling of wanting to go back someday makes my heart happy every day.

Sosuke Morimoto “VÉZELAY”

Sosuke Morimoto: 1937-2015. His father, Nipei Morimoto, is also a painter. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, he became an assistant at the same university, but when he was selected for the Kokugakai Exhibition and won the award, he quit the assistant and began full-fledged work as an artist. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Oil Painting (Ataka Prize winner). Representative works include "Lying Pose," "Towards the Light," and "Holiday," depicting women.