It was opened as Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art after received the donation of Heizo Kanayama’s artistic works in 1970. After designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it was reopened as Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in April of 2002. There are approximately 500 masterpieces of Kanayama’s collections, such as ‘The Mogami River in Oishida’. And Kanayama kept painting landscapes full of poetic splendor.
There are also about 40 oil paintings, drawing prints and sketches, including ‘Seisho’, which is representative work before World War II of Ryohei Koiso，who was born in Kobe，is the great master of the art world of western-style paintings.
In addition, contemporary art collection that contains the works of modern sculptures and prints after Rodin and the works from the radical artistic group Gutai Bijutsu Kyokai (Art Association of Gutai) which draws response from both domestic and international exhibitions of contemporary art is a must-see. Recently, many works of Yokoo Tadanori, who came from Nishiwaki City and continues with versatile activities, have been added to the collection.
The collections in the museum were enriched by the addition of the works of Gabo, Brancusi, Segal, Rickey, and others.