Kansai district of Japan, which includes Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe is is known as the cultural and culinary capital of the country.With its political and geographical significance in the history of Japan, the region of Kansai possesses three quarters of Japan’s “National Treasure” buildings, half of its “National Treasure” artworks, as well as five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it an unmatched destination for heritage tourists to Japan.
And if you in the Kansai area this December you can view some famous art masterpieces from around the world.
Mauristhus – The Royal Picture Gallery Mauristhus from the Netherlands is renowned and celebrated for its world famous collection of Dutch masterpieces from the 17th century. Although these masterpieces can be can rarely be seen outside the Maurithuis itself. But this year they are on exhibit in Kansai at the Kobe City Museum till January 6th 2013. A 45 minute train ride away from Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka, the exhibition has about 50 specially selected masterpieces, including works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Ruysdael, Rubens. The famous ‘Girl with Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer is a part of the exhibit.
El Greco Masterpieces – Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Spanish master El Greco’s death (1541-1614), the National Museum of Art Osaka is currently exhibiting the largest retrospective of the artist’s work ever held in Japan. The exhibit showcases approximately 50 works of the master artist . These include the legendary altarpiece The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception which is making its first appearance in Japan, and a selection of other pieces from over a dozen museums around the world such as the Museo del Prado in Madrid and a number of churches in Toledo. At a distance of 6kms from the Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka, the exhibition is open till 24th December 2012.
Our staff at Fraser Residence Nankai Oaska would be delighted to help with directions/details by e-mail or in person, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!