Ueno Park hosts a large number of extremely important exhibition-spaces, of varying types. We will visit five: The National Museum of Western Art (1959) designed by Le Corbusier; The Metropolitan Festival Hall (1961) and The Metropolitan Art Museum (1975), both designed by Kunio Mayekawa; The National Library of Childrens Literature (2002) designed by Tadao Ando; and The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum (1999) designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, where the tour will conclude. Visitors may then choose to make a self-guided tour of the other buildings of the National Museum, including the Toyokan (1968) designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi - the father of Yoshio Taniguchi; and the Honkan (1938) designed by Jin Watanabe which houses a staggering collection of Japanese artworks, from 10000 BC to the late 19th century.

The guided tour mainly addresses the architecture of the five museums, and discusses the ideas that the designers were considering when they made the designs.


Date: Saturday, 18 March, 2017

Duration: 13:001600

Meeting: The National Museum of Western Art

( http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/ )

Price: Adult 7000yen, Students 3000yen (including Insurance, Entrance Fees)

Capacity: 6 people


Navigator: Tom Heneghan (Access Point: ARCHITECTURE-Tokyo)

Architect / Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts

Born in London in 1951. Graduated from the AA School in 1975, and taught there as Unit Master from 1976 until 1990, when he moved to Japan and opened his office in Tokyo. He was Chair of Architecture at the University of Sydney from 2001-2009 and is now Professor of Architecture at Tokyo University of the Arts. For his constructed works, Heneghan was awarded the 1994 ‘Gakkai Shoh’ for 《Grasslands Agricultural Institute, Kumamoto》, and the National Award of the Japanese Government for Public Architecture for 《Forest Park Adatara project in Fukushima in 2002》. His works were included in the Japanese Pavilion at the 1996 Milan Triennale, and in the Australian Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale.


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Sat Mar 18, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM JST
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