Kuma Kengo: Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

poster for Kuma Kengo: Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space
[Image: Yusuhara Community Library / Yuriri Yusuhara (Japan) 2018 ©Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office]

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Kuma Kengo (b. 1954) is one of Japan’s leading contemporary architects, with projects including the design museum V&A Dundee, selected as one of Time magazine’s “The World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019,” and participation in the design of Japan National Stadium, scheduled to serve as the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This exhibition features 68 designs selected from among Kuma’s projects worldwide, with a focus on those of a highly public nature, categorized according to five principles that Kuma has conceived – “hole,” “particles,” “oblique,” “softness,” and “time” – and presented in the form of models, photographs, and mockups. Another 74 exhibits, including video works and a mobile home displayed in front of the museum, will immerse viewers in Kuma’s vision. All texts introducing sections of the exhibition and individual works were written by Kuma himself.

In addition, video pieces have been commissioned from cutting-edge contemporary artists such as Takimoto Mikiya, Fujii Hikaru, and the McGloughlin Brothers, creating an environment that illuminates Kuma’s architecture from a variety of perspectives. There will also be a 360-degree VR simulation that allows people to experience interior spaces, and a presentation of the results of “A Plan for Tokyo, 2020: Five Purr-fect Points for Feline Architecture,” a research project that reinterprets the urban environment from the perspective of cats.



from June 18, 2021 to September 26, 2021
Open on July 26, August 2, 9, 30, and September 20. Closed on August 10 and September 21. Open 10:00-20:00 on June 18 and 19.


Adults ¥1300; University Students ¥800; High School Students and Under, Seniors 65 & Over, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Closed on the new year holidays and during changing exhibitions. On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is open but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 3-1 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322
Phone: 03-5777-8600

3 minute walk from exit 1b at Takebashi Station on the Tozai line, 11 minute walk from exit 4 at Kudanshita Station on the Hanzomon and Tozai lines.

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