“The National Art Center, Tokyo” is the fifth national museum in Japan which opened in 2007. There are 12 exhibition rooms on the floor from the first basement floor to the third floor above the ground. Its scale is the largest in Japan. It is a unique appearance that stands outstanding, even in the streets of Roppongi where high-rise buildings line up. A variety of ingenuity is also applied to the inside of the art center designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa.
The large exhibition room is partitioned by a wall hung from a high ceiling and it is characterized by allowing you to move this wall freely and create an exhibition space that matches the size and number of the work.
A characteristic wall with elongated columns arranged at equal intervals is called “light wall” and it is designed with hints of “lantern” which was mainly used as a lighting fixture in the Edo period. Planned exhibitions are sometimes carried out at night, but even in such a case you can travel around the hall in a bright and safe way.
Also, if you look closely at the museum’s window glass, there are many polka dots on it. These polka dots pattern work to shield the amount of sunlight and make it difficult for heat to be transmitted, for the purpose of preserving art work. It is thanks to this polka-dotted glass that it is not dazzling and not hot even in the bright hall.
Many attractive exhibitions have been held at the National Art Center due to the size of the exhibition space. Exhibitions of Claude Monet and exhibitions of Edouard Manet have been held so far and there are also works that made Japan’s first public presentation at this museum. There were also cases where two large exhibitions were held at the same time, with plentiful space. That is a big attraction of this museum.
Why don’t you visit the “the National Art Center, Tokyo” that attracts attention from all over the world and you can spend an elegant time different from the sightseeing spots in Tokyo.
The National Art Center, Tokyo is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility: Instead of maintaining a permanent collection, it makes the most of a total of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. The Center also promotes outreach activities through its educational programs, and the Art Library serves to collect and disseminate information related to art.
Inside a hall, it has an art library, an auditorium, etc., and the restaurant, the cafe, and the museum shop are also substantial.
The glass curtain wall covering the front draws a beautiful curve to undulate like a wave, and can enjoy the view of the garden which was planted to melt into the neighboring green tract of land of the circumferences, such as Aoyama park, over this glass curtain wall.
Located in Tokyo, an international city that attracts people, products, and information from all over Japan as well as the rest of the world, the Center will provide people with opportunities to experience diverse values and contribute to bringing forth a new culture based on the idea of mutual understanding and symbiotic relationship.
The building where undulating molding is impressive was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, and the emblem and the logotype were designed by Mr. Kashiwa Sato. The brasserie by Mr. Paul Bocuse enters it in the hall, too.
|Name:||The National Art Center, Tokyo|
|Address:||Roppongi 7-22-2 Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558 Japan|
|Access:||Tokyo Metro - Chiyoda line Nogizaka Station - direct access from Exit 6|
|Price/Charge:||An admission fee changes with each exhibitions.|