“More real than real!” Prefectural art museum exhibits paintings indistinguishable from photographs
Hoki Museum that opened in Chiba City in 2010 is a rarity in the world of art museums because it specializes in paintings that are extremely realistic, often almost indistinguishable from photographs.
The Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is running a special exhibition of 64 works by 26 artists from Hoki Museum’s collection of about 480 extremely realistic paintings.
The Hoki Art Exhibition runs from Apr. 6th through May 20, featuring works by experts to young artists, such as Sousuke Morimoto, the leading realistic painter in Japan, and Hiroshi Noda, Hiroshi Ikushima, and Nobuyuki Shimamura whose works will be on exhibit for the first time in Okinawa.
Hoki Museum is regarded an instigator of the realistic painting trend because it holds competitions to find young painters who work with the ultra-realistic painting genre, and nurtures their talent and supports their quest to create “picture-perfect” art.
Visitors to the exhibit will enjoy the amazing world of realistic painting that, despite every work being a painting, makes people feel they are more real than the actual real objects of the works. Indeed, the artists are able to express feelings of touch, smell, and atmosphere in the paintings.
As a part of the exhibition, a piano concert featuring pianist Tomoko Miyagi is scheduled to take place at the museum’s entrance hall on Apr. 28 from 2 to 2:40 p.m.
Admission to the exhibition is ¥1,300 at door or ¥1,000 in advance for adults. Tickets for university, college, and high school students are ¥1,000 at door and ¥800 in advance, and for junior high and elementary school students ¥700 at door and ¥500 in advance. Children under 7 years old are free.
Groups can get discounts.
The exhibition venue is the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum exhibition gallery. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’s closed on Mondays. The last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
The museum will be closed on May 7 (Tue), but open on April 26, May 6 and May 20.
Okinawa Museum and Art Museum has an English language website at https://okimu.jp/en/.