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4 Recommended Art Galleries in Osaka

2016.08.04

Writer name : Arata Ishiko

Osaka is full of not just famous art museums and history museums, but also personal art galleries. Here are 4 particularly recommended galleries you should check out.

1. Gallery Monokoto

Nakazakicho is an area full of cafes and sundries shops. In one of the alleys there is a rental gallery called Gallery Monokoto. Its concept is "a slow gallery." In order to achieve that, they created a simple, warm space where people can leisurely enjoy the exhibitions and their time there. The art events held here focus on illustrations and photography by art students and professional artists. This gallery uses antique-style furniture to give it an atmosphere of a hiding place. Please come here to experience the talents of Japanese youth.



They will hold Frog Exhibition 3 in June 2016. This exhibition features a variety of illustrations and photographs around the theme of "frog."


1. Gallery Monokoto


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

2. Gallery 1616

This gallery is in Shin-Sekai, the business area of Osaka where people from all over the world gather. It's mostly an exhibition space for art pieces, but sometimes it's also the location for limited pop-up fashion or sundry shops. From Thursday, August 25th, 2016 to Sunday, August 28th, 2016 they're holding the 3rd HiNT Exhibition. During that exhibit you'll be able to enjoy art pieces like abstract paintings by three creators. The gallery is on the first floor of Atelier 1616, an atelier used by a number of creators, so this gallery is recommended for people that want to interact with and get information about various kinds of artists.



2. Gallery 1616


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

3. LIXIL Gallery Osaka

This gallery is connected to LIXIL, the largest company in the Japanese industry of construction materials and house-building tools. This gallery is in Grand Front Osaka Tower just outside JR Osaka Station, so it has a wonderful location. This gallery has 3 central exhibitions: a touring exhibition, art and architecture exhibitions, and ceramic exhibitions. Currently, one part of the touring exhibition includes "Mizuya-Mizuzuka 'Shelter on Elevated Ground' Traditional Flood Prevention Wisdom," a feature on buildings meant for refuge from floods and flood prevention (until Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016). They present easy-to-understand information about the Japanese way of living near rivers thanks to traditional flood prevention construction techniques developed by people's knowledge. This is a gallery that people who want to learn more about the nature of Japanese people should visit.


The photo is from "Mizuya-Mizuzuka 'Shelter on Elevated Ground' Traditional Flood Prevention Wisdom" being held from Friday, June 3rd, 2016 to Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016.


The photo is from "Mizuya-Mizuzuka 'Shelter on Elevated Ground' Traditional Flood Prevention Wisdom" being held from Friday, June 3rd, 2016 to Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016.


3. LIXIL Gallery Osaka


Official Homepage

4. Gallery and Cafe Tina Lente

Nakazakicho, an area full of retro shops that look like hiding places, is a fun area to take a walk in. Among all those old buildings is Gallery and Cafe Tina Lente. Of course, they hold art and photography exhibitions and workshops, but they're also known for their music concerts using instruments like lutes, morin khuur (a Mongolian stringed instrument), bandoneons (South American accordion-like instrument), and more. Some upcoming events are the Portuguese guitar session on Sunday, July 17th, and the tango concert on Thursday, November 24th. Also, every Friday-Sunday as well as holidays as well as exhibition Mondays and Thursdays, they operate a cafe (2:00 pm - 7:00 pm). You can enjoy coffee (starting at 450 JPY), tea (starting at 450 JPY), bread using personally-cultivated yeast (starting at 700 JPY), and Portuguese wine (starting at 550 JPY). This is a cafe where you can fully enjoy art as well as a relaxed, mature atmosphere. This is a recommended gallery for people that want to bask in that sort of luxurious time.


Gallery&Café TinaLente


4. Gallery and Cafe Tina Lente


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

Osaka has many galleries that offer unique exhibitions in buildings that are beautiful inside and out. There are also plenty of galleries where you can enjoy the neighborhood around it and galleries that will grab your attention. Please visit some of these galleries.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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