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  • NACT 10th anniversary exhibition
    Tadao Ando “Endeavors”

    27 September – 18 December 2017
    National Art Center, Tokyo

    A former professional boxer and self-taught architect, Tadao Ando started his career in 1969 as an “urban guerilla” of architecture. Since then, he has delivered innovative and elegant architectural designs, space and light, quietude and simplicity, harmony with the environment.

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Portrait
    © Nobuyoshi Araki


    Since the 1990s, his architectural career has extended abroad to Asia, Europe and America. Ando is a winner of multiple prestigious prizes, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, that recognize his outstanding achievements. He has also broadened his horizons, engaging himself in various activities such as to restore the environment and to support post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Church on the Water, Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido, 1988
    © Yoshio Shiratori

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Model of Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy, 2009
    © Palazzo Grassi SpA. Foto: ORCH, orsenigo_chemollo

    The present exhibition features a half-century of his magnificent architectural endeavors and offers a glimpse into his future works. A total of 200 sketches, drawings, models and other design materials will be presented in the exhibition space that Ando himself has structured. Retrace the path of the remarkable architect, finding the infinite possibilities of architecture through his works.

    Highlights of the exhibition

    ◆ Houses

    The genesis of Ando architecture are residential buildings. Representative works of his houses will be highlighted.

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Model of the Row House in Sumiyoshi, Osaka

    ◆ Naoshima and Ando

    Offers an overview, with models and installations, of a 30-year project of Naoshima, an island of 3000 inhabitants in Shikoku, western japan. The place is now known worldwide for the project and art movement.

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Model of the Naoshima Project, Naoshima, Kagawa Prefecture

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Naoshima Benesse House, 1992/1995, Naoshima, Kagawa Prefecture
    © Mitsuo Matsuoka

    ◆ Church of the Light

    His renowned “Church of the Light” is reproduced in full scale at the museum’s open-air exhibition space.

    Tadao Ando “Endeavors” NACT 10th anniversary exhibition (amuzen)
    Church of the Light, Ibaraki, Osaka, 1989
    © Mistuo Matsuoka

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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