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Hakata Culture vol.83


Getting to Know Fukuoka from Permanent Exhibits

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The Fukuoka Art Museum and Fukuoka City Museum are both holding major events over the year-end and New Year's holiday period that are expected to attract many visitors, some of whom rarely make their way to these museums. Each museum's special exhibit tickets include free admission to the permanent exhibits, but how many people actually take advantage of this? We suspect the number of visitors who take the time to leisurely stroll through the permanent exhibits might be quite low, but these exhibits are chock full of information on the local community, so choosing not to view them would be a waste.

Did you know that the Permanent Exhibition Room at the Fukuoka City Museum was recently revamped? The displays on Fukuoka's history and culture have been overhauled to make them easier to understand. Walking through the room, you can follow the timeline of Fukuoka's history, while enjoying new-and-improved displays for the famed Gold Seal, a national treasure, and the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival. You can also rent a tablet PC and use it to access detailed information on each item in exhibit, making for an enjoyable learning experience.

The permanent exhibit at the Fukuoka Art Museum, located inside Ohori Park, exudes a slightly more adult-oriented atmosphere. The classical art corner on the first floor houses sculptures, Japanese-style paintings and tea utensils created by artists with connections to Fukuoka. There are also several items related to the Kuroda family, which is gaining a great deal of attention ahead of next year's serial drama about Kanbei Kuroda. Meanwhile, the modern art corner on the second floor is full of works by artists from Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Some people may find permanent exhibits boring because you're bound to the same thing every time, but the items in the exhibit are actually changed from time to time. The City Museum, in particular, has a large number of items in storage but only a limited amount of display space, so items are regularly swapped out based on exhibit themes and the seasons. Be sure to stop by the permanent exhibits the next time you visit the Fukuoka Art Museum or the Fukuoka City Museum.



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自分たちの地域を知る常設展の魅力

 年末年始は美術館・博物館で大きな催し物が開催され、普段は足を運ばない人も訪れることが多いはず。特別企画展のチケットに常設展の無料チケットがついていることがありますが、常設展まで見学する人はどのくらいいるでしょうか。そうでなくとも常設展をちゃんと見たことがあるという人は少ないのでは?常設展には地域を知るための情報がいっぱいで、見学せずに帰るのはもったいない内容です。

 例えば、つい最近リニューアルしたばかりの福岡市博物館の常設展示室。これまでも福岡の歴史や文化を展示していましたが、さらに分かりやすい内容を目指して全面的に改装。全国的に有名な国宝「金印」と、博多を代表する祭り「博多祇園山笠」の2つを中心に、歴史に沿って見学できます。また貸し出し用のタブレットを展示物などにかざすと、そこにはない情報がタブレットに現れる仕掛けもあり、楽しみながら学べるようになっています。

 大濠公園にある福岡市美術館の常設展は少し大人の雰囲気。1階は古美術のコーナーになっており、福岡ゆかりの彫刻や仏像、日本画、茶器類などが展示されています。大河ドラマで注目を集める黒田家ゆかりの品々も多数収蔵されています。2階は20世紀以降の近現代美術を展示するコーナーで、とりわけ九州・山口ゆかりの作家の作品が充実しています。

 常設展は代わり映えしないから面白くないと思うかもしれません。でも、実は常設展でも展示替えが行われています。博物館の収蔵品は非常に多く、限られた常設展示室に全部を展示することはできません。そこで季節やテーマに応じて展示替えが行われます。次に美術館・博物館を訪れたら、ぜひ常設展も見学してみてください。