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This here modern ultra-luxurial buildin' is the perfect hangout for you creatish types to feast your peep-ils on more art than you can shake a paint box at!
— King Dedede • Dedede's Monsterpiece

The Great Area of Arts (known as the Royal Acadddemy of Arts in Japan) is an art museum that was built and erected by King Dedede and his Waddle Dee army in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Dedede's Monsterpiece. It was created in response to accusations by the Cappies directed to him of not appreciating their art. He initially invited them to the museum to fill it with their own art, but didn't like the idea and bought fine arts from Nightmare Enterprises, which happened to have all come from across the universe. As Tiff and the people of Cappy Town were in awe of these amazing artworks, a disgusted Dedede purchased the monster Paint Roller to vandalize these artistic classics and make them resemble him and Escargoon instead, unfortunately forgetting that the artworks needed to be returned unharmed. The museum was destroyed in a colorful paint-like explosion courtesy of Paint Kirby and Paint Roller's battle.


The Great Area of Arts is an elegant, fancy and spacious art museum with a light purple exterior. Its well-lit interior is lined with hallways with pink ceilings and Greek-styled columns, light orange walls and yellow brick floors. The marble facade of the museum heavily features a neo-classical look, and said columns can be found both outside and inside the building, although it also appears to be supported by steel girders. How many rooms found inside the Great Area of Arts is never made clear, but most of the events of the episode take place in the lobby and the main exhibit room. A separate room also exists that used to display Dedede's painting.

Famous Paintings

A popular feature in the Great Area of Arts includes famous paintings, which are listed here, even before they were vandalized by Paint Roller. It could be noted that the list of such paintings below may be incomplete. Some of the paintings are only featured in the original Japanese version, and some unknown paintings are also featured in the museum. Several of the paintings listed here have received changes from the original, and most received further changes in the English dub courtesy of 4Kids Entertainment.

  • Mona Lisa, by Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, by Vincent van Gogh
  • The Gleaners, by Jean-François Millet
  • Self Portrait, by Paul Cezanne
  • La belle jardinière, by Raphael
  • David, by Michelangelo
  • Venus de Milo, by Alexandros of Antioch
  • The Thinker, by Auguste Rodin
  • The School of Athens, by Raphael
  • The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo
  • Las Meninas, by Diego Velázquez
  • The Artist's Family, by Hans Holbein The Younger
  • Self-Portrait in a Gorget, by Rembrandt
  • The Star, by Edgar Degas
  • Napoleon Crossing the Alps, by Jacques-Louis David
  • Liberty Leading the People, by Eugène Delacroix
  • The Raft of the Medusa, by Théodore Géricault
  • Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies, by Claude Monet
  • Light and Colour (Goethe's Theory) – The Morning after the Deluge – Moses Writing the Book of Genesis, by Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Bathers at Asnières, by Georges-Pierre Seurat
  • The Dining Room in the Country, by Pierre Bonnard
  • Bather with Beach Ball, by Pablo Picasso
  • The Scream, by Edvard Munch
  • The Weeping Woman, by Pablo Picasso
  • Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers, by Marc Chagall
  • Marilyn Monroe Series, by Andy Warhol
  • Campbell's Soup Cans, by Andy Warhol
  • Girl in Mirror, by Roy Lichtenstein
  • M-Maybe, by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Elvis I & II, by Andy Warhol
  • No. 5, 1948, by Jackson Pollock
  • Senecio, by Paul Klee
  • Composition VIII, by Wassily Kandinsky
  • Grande Odalisque, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
  • The Nude Maja, by Lucientes
  • Takashima Ohisa, by Kitagawa Utamaro
  • Various unknown paintings, including ones only shown in the original Japanese version

King Dedede's Painting

Right here, that's me. Since I'm what you'd call the star of this here paintin', I'm smack-dab in the middle! You'll note the perspecticles, and I put a big old impressionistic Sun up there, see? Right there is my castle, and right next to it is Escargoon. Note the lack of depth. This here's the Mayor being chased by his sheep. And this here's Kirby. He's being chased by me! See, I drawed him all lumpy to express his inner lumpiness!
— King Dedede describing his painting • Dedede's Monsterpiece

In addition to the famous paintings that were put on display in the Great Area of Arts, King Dedede put up his own painting because he didn't like the fine arts either. Despite being much larger than the other artworks in the museum, though, it ended up being noted for its shoddy art style with several of its parts left either unpainted or partially covered around its edges and all of the seven recurring characters (Kirby, Tiff, Tuff, Dedede, Escargoon, Mayor Len Blustergas, and Chief Bookem), as well as a sheep and his castle, being depicted as severely distorted and some of them miscolored with an "unimpressionistic" sun depicted as well. The entire landscape depicted in the painting was heavily distorted as well. In the original Japanese version, Dedede states that his reason for creating this painting was because he drew it while wearing bifocals rather than bothering to use perspective. Kirby's friends and the Cappies laughed at this poorly-made painting while Kirby got angry at Dedede for the way he depicted him and referred to him.



  • While Dedede's painting initially only showed one sheep chasing Mayor Len, the close-up was later revealed to show two.
  • Despite its name being similar to the museum's Japanese name, as well as having art classes as well, the Dedede Academy shares no relation to the Great Area of Arts.
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