Garden of Fine Art, Kyoto (京都府立陶板名画の庭)

Garden of Fine Art, Kyoto is an outdoor art museum exhibiting ceramic plates on which great pictures of all ages are copied, located in Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City.

Summary

Based on a positive film on which an original picture has been photographed, its porcelain panel painted version is generated by copying the photograph onto a ceramic plate using a photo-engraving technique and then by baking the plate. From the nature of the plate material, the copied painting does not discolor nor does it erode, making it possible to keep it for a long period of time. The pictures are made on more than one ceramic plate.

The museum is the first in the world as an art-exhibiting facilities of this kind.

Eight great worldly renown pictures are selected and exhibited there, of which four were originally created for The International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, in 1990 and were exhibited in the "Garden of Fine Art" pavilion designed by Tadao ANDO. The remaining four were created for this facility.

The porcelain panel versions of the paintings were made at the Sigaraki factory of Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics Co., Ltd.

These porcelain panel paintings, originally owned by Shinji KAYAMORI, a director of Daikoku Denki, were donated by Kayamori to Kyoto Prefecture based on a plan and proposal of Taichi SAKAIYA.

The construction of the open air facility based upon the design of Tadao ANDO was completed in March 1994.

The Pictures Exhibited

The following list includes the title of the original picture, its painter's name, its owner's name and the size of the exhibited version, in this order:

Water Lilies: Morning
Claude MONET
France
- Paris
-Musee de l'Orangerie
- 200 cm x 1275 cm (almost the same as that of the original picture)
Choju Jinbutsu Giga (caricatures of frolicking birds, animals and humans)
- A painting attributed to Toba sojo (a high Buddhist priest).
Kozan-ji Temple in Kyoto
- Volume 1 (Ko kan): 60 cm x 2262 cm; Volume 2 (Otsu kan) 60 cm x 2400 cm (twice the height and the width of the original picture)
Last Judgment
- Michelangelo BUONARROTI
Vatican City
- Sistine Chapel
- - 1430 cm x 1309 cm (almost the same as that of the original picture)
The state of the picture in 1990 is reproduced.

Last Supper
- Leonardo da VINCI
Italia
- Milan
- - Santa Maria Delle Grazie
- - 432 cm x 886 cm (almost the same as that of the original picture)
Qingming Shanghe Tu
- A painting attributed to Zeduan ZHANG.
Taiwan
- National Palace Museum
- - 35 cm x 1200 cm (twice the height and the width of the original picture)
A Sunday Afternoon
- Georges SEURAT
The United States of America
- The Art institute of Chicago
- - 205 cm x 305 cm (almost the same as that of the original picture)
On the Terrace
- Pierre-Auguste RENOIR
The United States of America
- The Art institute of Chicago
- - 100 cm x 81 cm (twice each of the height and the width of the original picture)
Road with Cypress and Star
- Vincent Van GOGH
The Netherlands
- State Museum Kroller-Muller
- - 92 cm x 73 cm (twice the height and the width of the original picture)

Access

The Karasuma Line of Kyoto City Subway
- Very close to Kitayama Station