Tadao Ando : Endeavors
In a nutshell
Seeing the advertisement for this exhibition didn’t elicit too much excitement. Not knowing Tadao Ando or what he is famous for, it was a delight to learn more about this amazing architect and his work. Drawings, models of various sizes, photos, videos and client feedback provide a comprehensive overview of this self-taught architect’s wide variety of projects. Highlights include a full scale reproduction of his Church of the Light and a large model of his ongoing renovation of the Bourse de Commerce in Paris. Two easily accessible examples of his work in Tokyo are 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT at Midtown in Roppongi and the Omotesando Hills mall.
The National Art Center, Tokyo is quite spacious and the curators took advantage of the space, especially in the large room with sections 3, 4 and 5.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the information is in English, including the audio guide.
Tadao Ando’s work is creative and client-focused with respect for the building site. When renovating a space, he says they are a symbiosis between the old and new. His creativity is inspiring as is his dedication to his community.
This exhibition should be appealing to all; an interest in architecture isn’t required to enjoy it.
How far out?
A short five minute walk from Nogizaka Station or 10 minutes from Roppongi Station.
How much time?
A good hour and a half because there’s so much to see.
How much money?
¥1,500 for general admission, ¥550 for the audio guide
Until December 18, 2017
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Don’t miss this one - make a special trip.