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

Firday, 9 June 2017 – Sunday, 24 September 2017
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays, except 17 July, 14 August and 18 September 2017
Closed on 18 July 2017
Prints and Drawings Gallery, New Wing
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art
With the cooperation of:
Fondation Le Corbusier, Association Internationale des Amis de la Fondation Le Corbusier, The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 500 yen (400 yen), College students 250 yen (200 yen)
Numbers in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more.
Admission is free for Special Exhibition or Permanent Collection ticket holders.
Visitors aged 18 and under or 65 and older are admitted free of charge. Please show your ID upon entrance to confirm your age.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.

This exhibition considering the museum’s Main Building , which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016. The exhibition will examine his sketches and plans to elucidate Le Corbusier’s design process for the Main Building.

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.

The 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.

Lectures and Discussions, Gallery Talks and Creative and Experiential Programs will be held in conjunction with this exhibition. See the relevant website pages for details on these programs.


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