Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

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Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Hirayama Ikuo was born in Setoda-chō, Hiroshima Prefecture in 1930 (in the fifth year of the Showa Era) where he spent his childhood in the region richly endowed with nature. Mystical tide and ultramarine oceans of the island had strong influence over his mind. We could say his sensibility was gained by the environment. Hirayama Ikuo survived atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Though he suffered the aftereffects of radiation, he produced a series of paintings depicting the introduction of Buddhism to Japan to longing for peace. In search of roots of Japanese culture influenced by Buddhism, his inspiration spread across time and space toward Silk Road where eastern and western cultures was interacted. His travel and researches in tracing Buddhist monk Xuanzang whose footstep expanded eastward stretched over 350,000km. Campaigning for the preservation and restoration of the world's cultural heritage, he earnestly worked on so called the "Red Cross Spirit for Cultural Heritage" whiles his busy schedule. Prayer for peace might serve as the driving force for all those works. A variety of Hirayama Ikuo's work are displayed at as part of the museum's collection including his childhood paintings, sketches, rough copies, late year works. Hirayama Ikuo said "I was greatly influenced by the culture of Seto Inland Sea". We hope you find those sprits in our museum. At the end, we wish our museum offer information about culture and the arts. We also aim to provide children responsible for the next generation with an emotional richness. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.
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4.5
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Cierrann
Seattle, WA39 contributions
Captivating
Dec 2019
I usually whine when I have to go to art museums. However, this art museum was so well done, that I wished we could have spent more time. Some of the art was combined with the garden outside in a different sort of mixed media way. The museum had quite a lot in English, so you could understand some of the history of Hirayama Ikuo, and also some of the more traditional Japanese painting. (None of which I knew anything about.)

I particularly enjoyed the female visiting artist section. However, I failed to write down the names of these wonderful women. When I later went to the website, I could find nothing listed.

That made me sad! Such beautiful art, and I cannot even follow up on these artists. I hope someone from the museum writes to me, and tells me who they are! And in the future, provide a small brochure on your visiting displays, even if just in Japanese.
Written February 17, 2020
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Rifky K
Miami Beach, FL136 contributions
A lovely art museum with paintings by Ikuo
Jun 2018 • Friends
This museum is dedicated to one painter whose dream was for peace
His most famous painting is called “the caravan of peace”
His paintings are lovely, the museum is lovely and quaint
He was suvived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and suffered from its after effects of radiation
I highly recommend the museum and the lovely island it sits on
A calm and gentle corner of the world
Written June 25, 2018
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Rifky Kさま ご来館をありがとうございます。 また、平山郁夫の芸術と美術館へのお褒めの言葉をありがとうございます。 またのご来館をお待ちしております。
Written June 26, 2018
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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,447 contributions
Hard to Rate Given Everyone's Personal Taste
Apr 2018 • Couples
This location is pretty much a monument to a single artist. It is a small museum. The works are well presented. There is limited signage.

You might love his art. For me it was so so. There is a lot to spend time on in Japan.

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Written May 2, 2018
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Trek-Alwaysさま ご来館をありがとうございました。案内表示が不十分で申し訳ございません。 充実させていきたいと思います。またのご来館をお待ちしております。
Written June 26, 2018
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Jiraiya48
Cham, Switzerland12 contributions
Small museum, but amazing art
May 2017 • Solo
I was on the Shimanami Kaido Cycling road and met an older Japanese guy on the road who strongly recommended to check out this museum. I already read before about it, but I'm actually not a big art enthusiast and didn't plan to visit it.

I drove a little bit with him and then I joined him going to the museum and he was totally right. The museum itself is very small. I think there are about 5 or 6 bigger rooms with paintings and there is a small souvenir shop and a cafe.

But I have to admit the paintings were amazing. I didn't know Ikuo Hirayama, but he is one of the most famous artists in Japan and now I also know why. There are also some paintings his youth... It was funny to see some of his very early drawings when he was a kid and then some years later when he drew technically perfect stuff (very fast improvements).

Ikue Hirayama was visting quite some places in the world where he was inspired to enternalize some beautiful sceneries and poeple. One of his most famous paintings contains a caravan of camels which you also can checkout.
Written May 30, 2017
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Jiraiya48さま ご来館いただきましてありがとうございます。 おっしゃる通り小さな美術館ですが、平山画伯の幼少から代表作、そして大下図の展示を行っております。 平和の祈りに満ちた作品を楽しんでいただけて嬉しく思います。 またのご来館をお待ちしております。
Written July 23, 2017
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TokyoTrotter
Tokyo, Japan351 contributions
Worth visiting though in a middle of island / 離れ小島の逸品級の訪問地
May 2016 • Family
We paid a visit as one of excuse to come across the Shimanami Kaido (しまなみ海道)。The museum has some great collection of Hirayama Kunio. Another great tip is the cafe attached inside the museum. The confectionary set is amazing; they serve the local lemon flavored cake which is limited only at the nearby shop.
しまなみ海道を今治から渡ってくる目的の一つに組み込んだ流れで訪れたのですが、これが予想以上にいいところでした。平山郁夫画伯の作品はあまりこれまで存じ上げませんでしたが、ここに来れば一生涯のコレクションが一挙に展示されてます。おまけながら併設される喫茶もよいです。特にケーキセットとして提供される地元特産レモンの味付けのケーキが秀でてます。
Written May 5, 2016
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TokyoTrotterさま ご来館をありがとうございます。平山画伯の作品を楽しんでいただけて嬉しく思います。 また、レモンケーキセットも併せて楽しんでいただけて嬉しく思います。 またのご来館をお待ちしております。
Written May 7, 2016
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m97lrs
Redhill, UK100 contributions
Small but interesting museum
Nov 2015 • Solo
I visited the Hirayama Ikuo museum while riding part of the Shimanami Kaido cycle route from Onomichi to the ferry terminal in Setoda. Kosanji Temple and the Hirayama Ikuo museum are virtually next door to each other and make for an interesting stop.

Hirayama Ikuo was a local artist and the museum shows a number of his works. A key influence on his life's work came about in 1945 when he was a student in Hiroshima and saw the bomb explode. The theme of peace comes through in many of his works.

With three rooms I didn't spend long in the museum - probably about 30-40 minutes - but it was a nice place to visit on my cycling trip.
Written March 13, 2016
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しまなみ海道のサイクリングの途中に立ち寄ってくださいましてありがとうございました。仰るとおり、平山郁夫は中学生の時の被爆体験から「平和の祈り」を希求するようになりました。当館は大きくはない美術館ですが、(両国・国技館を設計した)建築家・今里隆氏による和風で落ち着いた雰囲気を楽しんでいただけたことを嬉しく思います。 またのご来館をお待ちしております。
Written March 15, 2016
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,492 contributions
Must see
Jun 2015 • Solo
Mr.Ikuo Hirayma was born in this island and was a very famous real touch paintings. Here you can see his masterpieces of Silk Road series and Shimanami Kaido(this area) series. I was impressed how nice he painted when he was only 10-11. I could feel very relaxing moment while seeing his beautiful paintings. One of the must see locally.
Written June 4, 2015
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ご来館いただきましてありがとうございます。 平山画伯の幼少、しまなみ海道、シルクロードの作品を楽しんでいただけまして嬉しく思います。 またのご来館をお待ちしております。
Written June 23, 2015
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