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The Fun with Collection series of programs introduce theme-related art works chosen from the NMWA's collections. The goal of this series is to assist a broad range of visitors, from children through adults, as they enjoy and become familiar with art works by offering opportunities to appreciate art works from a variety of different viewpoints.

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Fun with Collection2017

Fun with Collection 2017
Le Corbusier’s Artistic Space –His Thought Processes as Seen in the NMWA Plans

Following the last year, this year’s Fun with Collection is an exhibition considering the museum’s Main Building designed by Le Corbusier, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016.

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

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.

Lectures and Discussions, Gallery Talks and Creative and Experiential Programs will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. All programs will be in Japanese language only.

Program A: Lectures and Discussions

June 17 (Sat.) 14:00 – 15:30
Toyo Ito (Architect)
“The Meaning of Le Corbusier Today”

July 16 (Sun.) 14:00 – 15:30
Due to the lecturer's circumstances, the date has been changed.
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Architect, Professor, Graduate School of Tokyo Institute of Technology)
“Facilities That Grow: A Mirror Reflecting Modern Inconsistencies”

Shoichiro Sendai (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Hiroshima University)

Auditorium, Special Exhibition Wing (B2 Floor)

*Lectures are free but a lecture numbered ticket and a Collection Exhibition ticket (ticket stubs are acceptable) is required.

Program B: Gallery Talks

Dates & Hours:
June 24 (Sat.), July 8 (Sat.), August 26 (Sat.) and September 9 (Sat.), 2017
18:00 – 18:40
Prints and Drawing Gallery, New Wing (2nd Floor)
Yoko Terashima (Educator, The National Museum of Western Art)
Admission to the Collection Exhibition

Program C: Creative and Experiential Programs

① July 22 (Sat.) 10:00 – 17:00
“Enjoying the Main Building Through Photo Models”
Participants will learn the instructor’s method for creating 3D models using photographs that they have taken of the Main Building.

Kimio Itozaki (Artist and Photographer)
Target Audience:
General (up to 15 participants)
Admission to the Collection Exhibition

② August 5 (Sat.)
Session 1)10:00 – 12:00,  Session 2)14:00 – 16:00
“Plan Reading Club”
This program will teach participants how to read unfamiliar architectural plans and then imagine the completed form of the structure solely from those plans.

Megumi Okuya (Architectural Designer)
Target Audience:
General (up to 15 participants for each session)
Admission to the Collection Exhibition
How to attend:

Program A:

Each lecture limited to 130 visitors, on a first-come, first-in basis. Lectures are free but a lecture numbered ticket and a Collection Exhibition ticket (ticket stubs are acceptable) is required. Pick up lecture tickets (one per person) at the Information Desk, starting at 12:00 noon on the day of the event.

The Auditorium will open at 30 minutes prior to the start time and visitors will be admitted in lecture ticket number order.

Programs B:

Gallery Talks are drop-in events, and participants will assemble in the lounge (2F) of the New Wing at 18:00.

Programs C:

Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Application form can be downloaded from June 26 (Mon.).

Event ①: Please print out and complete the fax application 1 and fax it to the museum.
Event ②: Please print out and complete the fax application 2 and fax it to the museum.

  • ・Download fax application 1 and 2 (PDF 140kb, in Japanese only)
  • ・Fax number: 03-3828-5797

*A museum staff will contact you by telephone after receiving your completed application. If you do not receive a phone call within 3 business days of your application, please call the NMWA Education Department (03-3828-5168) to confirm.


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