Architect of Tokyo Station, Tatsuno Kingo and His Relationship with Art

Tokyo Station Gallery

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2019 marks the centenary of the death of Tatsuno Kingo (1854 - 1919), who was active in the Meiji and Taisho eras as one of Japan’s first generation of architects. As a lively gallery inside Tokyo Station, which was designed by Tatsuno, we are taking this opportunity to hold a small-scale special exhibition that looks back at Tatsuno’s achievements through the perspective of the arts.

Born in Karatsu during the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate, Tatsuno was an avid learner from early childhood. After working his way through school, he graduated at the top of his class from a university established by the government, and earned the chance to study in the United Kingdom for three years on a state scholarship. After returning to Japan, he flourished as an educator and an independent architect, and helped to modernize the field of architecture in Japan. In addition to his famous Bank of Japan Head Office and Tokyo Station, both of which have been registered as important cultural assets, Tatsuno was involved in the design of many different kinds of buildings during the course of his career, including courthouses, schools and private residences. This exhibition focuses on Tatsuno’s relationship with the Western-style artist Matsuoka Hisashi, whom Tatsuno met during his studies abroad. The 70 items on display are divided into three sections, and include documents from his student years, Tokyo Station blueprints, and paintings by Matsuoka.

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Schedule

from November 02, 2019 to November 24, 2019
Open every day of the exhibition period. Closes at 20:00 on Fridays.

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