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Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum

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Koji Kinutani ABOUT

Welcome to the Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum

Offering fantastic views from the 27th floor of the Umeda Sky Building, the state-of-the-art Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum has been eagerly anticipated by art lovers everywhere. It incorporates the world's first attempt at allowing the viewer to delve into the artwork through the use of 3D visuals in addition to numerous fresco and mixed-media paintings and sculptures. The museum also boasts a playful workshop and atelier space, and also features a relaxing café. We welcome visitors from all around the world and invite them to experience the enchanting world of Kinutani’s art.

It incorporates the world's first attempt at allowing the viewer to delve into the artwork through the use of 3D visuals in addition to numerous fresco and mixed-media paintings and sculptures. The museum also boasts a playful workshop and atelier space, and also features a relaxing café. We welcome visitors from all around the world and invite them to experience the enchanting world of Kinutani’s art.

Tenku cafe

Facilities include a café where you can look out over the cityscape of Osaka.
You can also relax looking out on planes and ships. For couples, we recommend the bench seats by the windows!

Museum Shop

Including the catalogue of the exhibited works, we have the original products which assumed a work as motif and a souvenir suitable for a present.

Biography of Koji Kinutani

  • Born in Nara in 1943. Kinutani formed an intimacy with his historic surrounds from his early age and cultivated a rich artistic sensibility. After studying in the Oil Painting Department, Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music, he went on to the Mural Painting Course in the university's graduate school, where he encountered classic fresco painting techniques. He later went to study in the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice where he acquired the modern expression of the techniques of classical fresco mural painting and formed the idea of his striking, imaginary worlds. After returning to Japan, he established an innovative, dynamic style that garnered him several art awards. He has been at the forefront of the Japanese art world for more than 40 years. In addition to being an educator, guiding the next generation at Tokyo University of the Arts and Osaka University of Arts, he created the "Koji Kinutani Prize" to support young, up-and-coming artists. In addition to being involved in the "Kids Dream/Art/Academy" sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kinutani keeps communicating the joy and fun in being creative to the next generation. A member of Japan Art Academy. Selected as a Person of Cultural Merit in 2014. Awarded the NHK Broadcasting Culture Award of Japan Broadcasting Corporation in 2015.