¡Ichinomiya City Memorial Art Museum of Migishi Setsuko
Opened in 1998, the museum is located on the site of her birth place. It was built to give high praise to her achievements and skill as a painter. The collection covers all of her artistic periods from the early works to her last large scale work ,gCherry Bloossom Cherry Bloossomg, and includes memorabilia in a mud-walled storehouse display room.
The architecture has many unique characteristics. The jagged roof of the main building is reminiscent of an old fashioned textile factory that once stood on the site, a studio reproduced in the old storehouse, and a water channel is reflective of Venice. All architectural structures and ideas are deeply associated with the memories of Setsuko Migishi.
The museum aims to promote an interest in Fine Art and educate the public and future generations.
¡Biography of Setsuko Migishi
Migishi Setsuko was born in 1905 in Ichinomiya City. Appreciated as the pioneer of Japanese womenfs western style of oil painting, she contributed to raising the status of female artists as individuals. Well known for her use of beautiful colors and flowers works, her style of painting changed through the years, especially after moving her studio to France. She kept painting the essence of life until her death in 1999 at the age of 94.
- Born in Ichinomiya City, Aichi.
- Her Self-Portrait and three other paintings received awards from the Art group gShunyo-Kaih. She was the first woman ever to receive this honor.
- Her husband Kotaro (already recognized as an artist) died tragically at the age of 31.
Busy with housework and raising her three children, she often painted pictures of scenes found inside her home.
- Participated in the founding of the gWomenfs Artist Associationh.
- The Ministry of Education bought gStill Life(Goldfish)h and awarded Art Commendation Prize to gStill Life(Gardenia)h.
- Traveled to France for the first time. After returning to Japan, she recognized the beauty of ancient Japan and began a series of Japanese clay images paintings.
- Moved to Oiso, Kanagawa where she gradually began to work on landscapes, as well as flowers, her eternal subject.
- Moved to Cagnes in southern France and began to work on European landscapes. Traveled to Spain and Italy where she became enamored with Venice.
- Moved to Veron, Burgundy, France and began to work on Burgundy landscapes.
- Traveled to Alcudia de Guadix, Spain where she discovered her new landscape subject, gWhite walls and red roofsh.
- Moved back to Oiso, Kanagawa, Japan where she began to express the beauty of flowers more vividly and sought to capture Japanese nature motifs.
- Became a Person of Cultural Merit and the first woman artist in the western style of oil painting to receive the honor.
- Bisai city (currently Ichinomiya) memorial Art Museum of Setsuko Migishi was established.
- Died at the age of 94 in Oiso .
Train and Bus
From Nagoya station, go to Owari-Ichinomiya station on the JR tokaido honsen line or go to Meitetsu Ichinomiya station on the Meitetsu Nagoya honsen line.
Go to the west exit bus terminal and board a bus stop at 2 bound for Okoshi.
Get off at Okoshi-KoukouEMigishi-Bijutsukan-mae stop.
Then walk north 1 min from the bus stop.
- At Ichinomiya station take a taxi from the west exit taxi stand. (10 min)
- Take a taxi from Gifu Hashima station. (20 min)
- From Osaka
- Get off the Meishin Express at the Gifu Hashima I.C.. Get on Route 18 via Nohbi-bridge and continue 5 min from the Gohigashi intersection.
- From Tokyo or Nagoya
- Get off the Tokai Hokuriku Express at the Ichinomiya-nishi I.C.. Get on Route 14 and continue west for 10 min from the Mabiki-Yokote intersection.
- From Seki, Gifu
- Get off the Tokai Hokuriku Express at the Bisai I.C.. Get on Route 14 and continue west for 10 min from the Mabiki-Yokote intersection.
3147-1Gominami, Konobunakasima, Ichinomiya, Aichi, 494-0007, JAPAN
TEL 0586-63-2892 FAX0586-63-2893
- HOURS^9:00- 17:00(entrance until16:30)
- CLOSED^Mondays (except national holidays), time for changing displays, etc.
- Admission Fees for the Exhibition of Collection^Adults \320
- University and high school students \220
- Elementary and junior high school students \110
- ¦Different fees apply for the special exhibitions.
This English guide was prepared at a museum workshop in 2009, sponsored by the Aichi expo friendship exchange.