Le Corbusier’s Artistic Space – His Thought Processes as Seen in the NMWA Plans

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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This exhibition focuses on the architecture the museum’s Main Building, which was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016. It examines sketches and plans produced by Le Corbusier for this building so as to elucidate his design process.

When planning a building, Le Corbusier would study different ideas and create prototypes, adjusting these as he considered how they would suit the intended site and environment. Working from the basis of his “unlimited growth museum” concept, that would allowed for the addition of new galleries as a museum’s collection grew, Le Corbusier planned a museum for Ueno Park that would house and display the Matsukata Collection.

This exhibition consists of six sections, namely: 1) Synthesis of the Arts: Esplanade; 2) Viewing in a Spiral Space; 3) Adding on a Swastika-Shaped Structure; 4) Eliminating a Building’s Façade; 5) Allowing in Sunshine; and 6) Synthesis of the Arts: the 19th Century Hall. Among the 302 extant items related to the planning of the Main Building, this exhibition presents reproductions of 34 carefully selected plans and sketches as it considers how Le Corbusier responded to the Ueno Park site and to the hopes of the building’s Japanese commissioners.

[Related Events]
“Enjoying the Main Building Through Photo Models”
Event Date: July 22 (Sat) 10:00–17:00
Participants will learn how to create 3D models using photographs that they have taken of the Main Building.
Workshop Instructor: Kimio Itozaki (Artist and Photographer)
Capacity: 15
Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket is required)
*Event in Japanese



from June 09, 2017 to September 24, 2017


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