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.
© Nobuyoshi Araki
Since the 1990s, the stage of his architectural career has been 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 such activities as to restore the environment and to support post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.
Church on the Water, Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido, 1988
© Yoshio Shiratori
Model of Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
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
The genesis of Ando architecture are residential buildings. Representative works of his houses will be highlighted.
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.
Model of the Naoshima Project, Naoshima, Kagawa Prefecture
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.
Church of the Light, Ibaraki, Osaka, 1989
© Mistuo Matsuoka
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