The Nirasaki Omura Museum of Art opened in 2007 based on the Nirasaki born, Dr. Satoshi Omura ‘s collection he had been collecting for ages. Dr. Omura came to conclusion that “outstanding art should not remain for the sole pleasure but to be shared equally for the benefit and enjoyment for all .”In the following year, 2008, he donated his collection to his hometown Nirasaki city for the benefit to promote culture and art development.
|27th Oct 2007||Dr.Satoshi Omura opened his private museum|
|1st Oct 2008||The museum became Nirasaki’s Public Nirasaki Omura Art Museum and started as an operational administration.
The museum concluded a cooperative agreement with Joshibi University of Art and Design work of arts.
|3rd Sep 2011||The Nirasaki Civic Center’s free satellite space was established.|
|30th Jun 2013||The director’s first bust statue unveiling ceremony was held commemorating the 5th anniversary of the museum.|
|4th Oct 2014||The 60th anniversary of municipal enforcement memorial/ Opening ceremony for Motoko Morita’s exhibition.|
|7th Nov||Concluded a coordination agreement with Joshibi University of Art and Design.|
|6th Oct 2015||In celebration of Dr. Satoshi Omura’s Nobel Prize winning, the museum was open free for 8 days as a special viewing period.|
|2nd Apr 2016||A ceremony for one hundred thousand people entering the museum.|
|9th Sep 2017||The 10th year anniversary memorial ceremony was held.|
|31th Mar 2018–||Outdoor Sculptures Display at “koufuku no komichi” (Nirasaki Street Museum Program)|
|Feb 2021–||Special Gallery at Nirasaki shopping streets (Nirasaki Street Museum Program)|
|2022||15th Anniversary Ceremony & Special Exhibits
Nirasaki Omura memorial garden “Soushinen”
|Building structure||Reinforced concrete (RC) / Some steel frame / 2 floors|
|Gross floor space1F||376.07㎡|
|Satoshi Omura’s Memorial Room||59.50㎡|
|Building structure||Reinforced concrete (RC)|
|Gross floor space||185.00㎡|
AROUND THE MUSEUM
Words From The Designer
As I am not a designer but a painter, I struggled with designing ideas for the Nirasaki Omura Art Museum’s logo. Though science is one of my weak points, suddenly my memory as a junior high school student crossed my mind. I was very fascinated by that mysterious form that I saw for the first time in science class when my teacher wrote “Ohm’s Law” and the sign Ω on the blackboard. Dr. Omura is a scientist Japan is highly honored worldwide. He is a person beyond description. It came to me naturally that the humanity, dignity with limitless wisdom description appropriately fits Dr. Omura. I added RA to Ω (ohm) and it added up to Omura. That is how the idea of this emblem established.
Kojiro Kosugi’s Profile
Born in 1944, Tokyo. Graduated from the Department of Industrial Design, Nihon University College of Art then studied under Kazumasa Nakagawa. He went to France to enroll in the Grande Chaumière Research Institute. His art was exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the France Agency of Culture Affairs purchased his art work.
He also received the Salon Beaux-Art award, Tokyo Central Museum oil painting grand prize Exhibition Award,Japan Youth Painter Exhibition Grand Prize Award and Seiji Togo Sonpo Japan Memorial Museum of Art Grand Prize Exhibition Award.