materials that can express the society and culture of the age well since it opened,
and possesses around 2,000 pieces today, in 2010.
It possesses a wide variety of pieces including Korean modern and contemporary
artworks, artworks of artists who were active mainly in Busan,
and contemporary artworks from China, Japan, Vietnam, Europe and the United States.
Modern and contemporary Busan art
The museum has artworks by deceased artists who cultivated modern Busan art, including Yang Dal-suk, Woo Shin-chool, Kim Jong-shik, Lim Ho, Song Hae-soo and Seo Sung-chan, Busan formative artworks and installation pieces, and the artworks of major artists active in Busan.
Contemporary Chinese art
The museum possesses pieces by world-renowned Chinese contemporary artists such as Yue Minjun, Zhang Xiaogang, Xiao Gui, Feng Zhengjie and Zhou Chunya. Their artworks are important material for researching the motivation and reason for Chinese contemporary art making an international leap.
Shin Ok-jin collection: Modern and contemporary Japanese art and Busan art
Shin Ok-jin donated many artworks to the Busan Museum of Art. More than 50 pieces by modern Japanese artists who had a great influence on modern Korean art, such as Morikazu Kumagai, Leonard Foujita and Kentaro Koito, were especially donated, making them very special possessions of the Busan Museum of Art.
Ha Jung-woong donations: Artworks by Henry Miller and Korean artists residing in Japan
Ha Jun-woong is a Korean entrepreneur residing in Japan, and has donated many pieces to Korean museums. He donated many artworks to the Busan Museum of Art, too. The especially special pieces he donated are the 180 pieces by Henry Miller, the artist famous for the novel "Tropic of Cancer."
Houei collection: Vietnamese art
The museum holds around 80 artworks that portray the scenery, daily life, incidents and history of Vietnam, and also has around 300 donated pieces. This is a collection created through the donations of Japanese collector couple Toyokichi Ito and Tamiko Ito.