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Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

From the Kano School to Rodin: A Voyage of Discovery at the Museum

Opened in April 1985 on the outskirts of Shizuoka City, the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art offers a superb mix of outstanding Eastern and Western art from the seventeenth century onwards. The museum is best known for its major collection of workers by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, including The Gates of Hell and The Burghers of Calais. There are also stunning works from the Japanese Kano school of painting and a wide variety of Western artists, ranging from Gainsborough to Kandinsky. The museum offers opportunities to sketch Rodin sculptures twice a month and regularly holds special exhibitions of both Eastern and Western art.

Rodin

Auguste Rodin’s The Gates of Hell and other remarkable sculptures are displayed at the Rodin Wing.

Shizuoka Performing Arts Center

A Thriving Environment for Performing Arts

The Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), established in 1995, offers an optimum environment and infrastructure for the development of all types of performing arts. The center was founded by renowned theater director Tadashi Suzuki, whose adaptations of Greek classics, such as Electra and The Bacchae, have been performed around the world. His successor, Satoshi Miyagi, has been working with Suzuki on the latter’s productions and also developing modern versions of traditional Japanese theater. SPAC is also closely involved with the Theatre Olympics and hosts an annual international theater festival in Shizuoka

SPAC

Cyrano de Bergerac

Granship (Shizuoka Arts and Convention Center)

A Ship Sailing an Ocean of Dreams

Granship is a thirteen-story building, with twelve floors above ground and one basement level. Its facilities include an international conference hall, nineteen meeting rooms of varying sizes, art exhibition halls, and many other types of rooms. This expansive design allows it to accommodate a broad range of events, such as conventions, concerts, and lectures. Granship’s location near JR Higashi-Shizuoka Station allows for easy access by public transportation. Its design resembles a large ship, suggesting its role in transporting arts and academia from Shizuoka to the world and from the world to Shizuoka. Granship in 2014, newly renovated after four months of work