History of our Museum

Year Month, Day Events
1980 March   The 21 companies of the Sumitomo Group propose the donation of the Ataka Collection to the Osaka City. The City announces the construction of a special museum in the premises of Nakanoshima Park.
April   Basic planning on the construction of the museum initiated(The plan settles on Sep. 1980)
October   Based on the basic plan, three experienced architectural design firms are requested for submitting a proposal
November   Start working on preliminary design (completed in Feb. 1981)
December   Preparation of construction documents commences (structural planning completed in March 1981, final planning completed in May 1981)
1981 February   Consult the above proposal to the Osaka City
June   Construction of the building starts
1982 September   Regulations of The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka enacted
November   Construction completed
November 6th   Opening ceremony of The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
November 7th   First day of the opening to the general public, exhibition celebrating the opening of the Museum: "Masterpieces of Oriental Ceramics"
1983 March   Receive the "Good Lighting Award 1982"
1984 March 31st   Awarded the BCS (Building Contractions Society) prize
1985 April   The Museum Associate membership system launched
September 15th   First issue of the periodical "Associate News"
1987 October   14th Special Exhibition commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Museum: "Glory of Korean Pottery and Porcelain of the Yi Dynasty" (until Nov.23)
1989 April 1st   Exhibition introducing the newly acquired items since the opening of the Musuem (until May 7)
1991 November 23rd   Exhibition "Korean Ceramics from the Ataka Collection" held at The Art Institute of Chicago (until Feb.3, 1992), which later travels to Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (Mar. 2-Apr. 26) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (May 2-Jul. 12).
1992 October 10th   Special Exhibition commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Museum: "An Introduction to Kory? Celadon" (until Nov.29)
1995 January 17th   Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake occurred; since then, the Museum works on anti-earthquake measures, including the introduction of adhesive mounts and shock-absorbent devices
1996 February 2nd   The first donation of 123 pieces of Korean ceramics by Dr. Rhee Byung-Chang
March   The first volunteer guides begin their work
April   Free admission for elementary and junior high school students starts
1997 July   Construction of the new annex building begins
1998 January 10th   Special exhibition commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Museum: "Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware" (until Feb.22)
March 25th   The second donation of 109 pieces of Korean ceramics by Dr. Rhee Byung-Chang
March 30th   Museum temporarily closes for partial renovation of the main building and construction for connecting the mainbuilding with the annex building (until Aug.31)
April 7th   Exhibition "Oriental Ceramics from the Ataka Collection" held at Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art (until May 10), which later travels to Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (May 16-Jun.21) and Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts (Jun.28-Jul.26)
September 1st   The main building reopens after renovation and construction
September 30th   The third donation of 131 pieces of Korean and Chinese ceramics by Dr. Rhee Byung-Chang
1999 March 16th   Opening ceremony of the annex building
March 17th   First day of the annex building to be opened to the public; exhibition celebrating the opening of the annex building: "Color of Elegance, Form of Simplicity―The Beauty of Korean Ceramics from the RHEE Byung Chang Collection―" (until Apr.18)
April   First registration of applications for scholarship for research on Korean Ceramics (continued annualy until 2007)
2000 January 25th   Exhibition "Korean Ceramics from The Museum of Oriental Ceramis, Osaka" held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (until Jul.11)
March 1st   The Museum website on view
March   The RHEE Byung-Chang Research Gallery of Korean/Chinese Ceramics open to the public
April 1st   Volunteer guides of the second group completed their courses begin their work
June   Permanent exhibition of 33 pieces of Korean ceramics from our Museum collection begins at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (until Jul. 2002)
August 3rd   The first donation of 291 pieces of ceramics, mostly made by Hamada Shoji, by Mr. Horio Mikio
October   First permanent exhibition of 21 pieces of Korean ceramics from our Museum collection begins at the Museum of Asian Art, Berlin (until Oct. 2004)
2001 March 29th   The second donation of 50 pieces of ceramics, mostly made by Hamada Shoji, by Mr. Horio Mikio
July 5th   The third donation of 43 pieces of Chinese and other ceramics by Mr. Horio Mikio
August   Installation of shock-absorbent platforms as part of the anti-earthquake measures (conducted annualy until Mar. 2012)
2002 April 26th   Exhibition "Soul of Simplicity―Ceramics of the Joseon Dynasty, Korea" held at MOA Museum of Art (until Jun.9), which later travels to Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine arts (Jun.15-Jul.14) and Yamaguchi Prefectural Hagi Uragami Museum (Sep.7-Oct.27)
November 2nd   Exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Museum:"Soul of Simplicity―Ceramics of the Joseon Dynasty, Korea" (until Dec.8)
2004 April   Volunteer guides of the third group completed their courses begin their work
October   Second permanent exhibition of 21 pieces of Korean ceramics from our Museum collection begins at the Museum of Asian Art, Berlin (ongoing)
2005 October   Permanent exhibition of approximately 20 pieces of Korean ceramics from our Museum collection begins at the Kyushu National Museum under the title: "Cultural Exchange Exhibition: Ocean Ways, Asian Paths"(This exhibition was held four times until Mar. 21, 2011)
October 14th   The forth donation of 32 pieces of ceramics, mostly made by Hamada Shoji by Mr. Horio Mikio
2006 April   Introduction of the designated manager system
2007 April 7th   Special Exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Museum: "The Eyes of Ataka Eiichi, Seeker of True Art ― Selected Chinese and Korean Ceramics from the Ataka Collection" (until Sep.30)
October 1st   The Museum temporarily closes due to removing asbestos from the electricity room (until Mar.31, 2008)
October 13th   Special Exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Museum: "The Eyes of Ataka Eiichi, Seeker of True Art ― Selected Chinese and Korean Ceramics from the Ataka Collection" held at the Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo (until Dec.16), which later travels to Fukuoka Art Museum (Jan.5, 2008-Feb.17) and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Feb.29-Mar.20)
2008 April 1st   Renewal of the Museum Associate membership system
June 3rd   Donation of 1200 pieces of Chinese snuff bottles by Mr. Oki Shoichiro
September 18th   A New permanent gallery for the Chinese snuff bottles of the Oki Shoichiro Collection opens to the public
October 19th   The closest station "Naniwabashi"station opens as the Nakanoshima Line of the Keihan railways begins service
2009 April 1st   Renewed website of the Museum on view
2011 December 26th   Temporary closure due to air-conditioning improvement work and installation of LED lights (until Apr. 6, 2012)
2012 January 28th   Exhibition "The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Collection, the Eternal Beauty and Luster of Oriental Ceramics" held at Suntory Museum of Art (until Apr. 1)
March 10th   Exhibition "IMARI: Japanese Porcelain of the Edo Period Exported to Europe" held at Gansu Provincal Museum (until May 6, 2012), Beijing Art Museum (May 18-Aug. 15, 2012), Liaoning Provincial Museum (Aug. 24-Oct. 21, 2012), Daliang Modern Museum (Nov. 1, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013), Xiamen Museum (Jan. 15-Mar. 15, 2013), Inner Mongolia Museum (Mar. 25-May 25, 2013)
April 7th   Shock absorbent platforms and LED lights installed in every display cases
30th Anniversary Special Exhibition "From the Collection of the Museum of MEISSEN Art, MEISSEN Manufactory - '300 years of MEISSEN'" (until Jul. 22)
August 10th   30th Anniversary Temporary Exhibition "Blue-and-White Ware of the Joseon Dynasty" (until Oct. 14)
October 27th   30th Anniversary Temporary Exhibition "Invaluable Legacy: Tobi-Seiji and Yuteki Tenmoku" (until Dec. 25)
2014 October 1st   Renewed website of the Museum on view