TOKYO STATION GALLERY

Next Exhibition

Kengo Kuma: a LAB for materials

Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

V & A at Dundee 2018 Photo: Ross Fraser McLean

V & A at Dundee 2018
Photo: Ross Fraser McLean

Great(Bamboo)Wall 2002 Photo: Satoshi Asakawa

Great(Bamboo)Wall 2002
Photo: Satoshi Asakawa

COEDA HOUSE 2017 Photo: Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

COEDA HOUSE 2017
Photo: Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

China Academy of Art's Folk Art Museum 2015 Photo: Eiichi Kano

China Academy of Art's Folk Art Museum 2015
Photo: Eiichi Kano

Komatsu Seiren Fabric Laboratory fa-bo 2013 Photo: Takumi Ota

Komatsu Seiren Fabric Laboratory fa-bo 2013
Photo: Takumi Ota

[Closed]
Mondays, except April 30
[Open Hours]
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*Fridays: Until 8:00 p.m.
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing
[Admission Fee]
Adults (same day): 1,100 yen
High school and university students (same day): 900 yen
Adults (advance): 900 yen
High school and university students (advance): 700 yen
*Junior high school students and younger: Free
*For groups of 20 or more, admission fees are 800 yen for adults and 600 yen for high school and university students
*Persons with a disability certificate or similar receive a 100 yen discount on a ticket purchased on the same day of entry and one accompanying helper is admitted free.

[Ticket Sales]
Tokyo Station Gallery (until 30 minutes before closing on days when the gallery is open)
Tickets also sold through Lawson Ticket (L-Code 36999), E Plus, CN Playguide and Seven Ticket
*Advance tickets sold from February 2 to March 2, 2018
*Advance tickets sold at Tokyo Station Gallery's reception desk from February 2 to February 12 on days when the gallery is open.

[Free Student Admission Week at Tokyo Station Area Museums]

Students presenting their student ID at the gallery's reception are admitted free from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 18, 2018.

[Organized by]

Tokyo Station Gallery (East Japan Railway Culture Foundation), Kengo Kuma & Associates

[Co-sponsored by]

Taisei Corporation, Tanseisha Co., Ltd., Haseko Corporation, Hazama Ando Corporation, Itoki Corporation, Obayashi Corporation, Kajima Corporation, Kokuyo Co., Ltd., Koshii & Co., Ltd., Komatsu Seiren Co., Ltd., JR East Design Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd., Daiko Electric Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Taiyo Kogyo Corporation, Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Tokyu Construction Co., Ltd., Toto Ltd., Toda Corporation, Nice Corporation, Nomura Co., Ltd., Fujisash Co., Ltd., Bunka Shutter Co., Ltd., Maeda Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd, Lixil Corporation

[With the cooperation of]

Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.

Let a lively conversation begin again with a broad range of materials

With enormous projects inside and outside Japan, world-class architect Kengo Kuma (b. 1954) is constantly on the move. This exhibition is a major survey of his projects from the past 30 years, projects underpinned by Kuma's intimate knowledge of Eastern and Western thought, both past and present, and his own innovative concepts, which include ideas on “makeru kenchiku (losing architecture)” and “shizen na kenchiku (natural architecture).” The exhibition focuses in particular on materials, which Kuma has dialoged with extensively through his work. It organizes his architecture, product designs and other achievements not chronologically but rather by the category of primary material, including bamboo, wood, paper, stone and earth, in an attempt to provide an overview of Kuma's work from the standpoint of “things.” The liberation of “things,” it is proposed, creates the possibility of an architecture that mediates between human sensibility and awareness and the larger environment.
It is the first architecture-related exhibition at Tokyo Station Gallery since Tokyo Station: A Hundred Years of its Legacy over three years ago and the first to feature an individual architect since the Kunio Maekawa Architecture Exhibition that was held 12 years ago.

Architecture is ultimately about materials. It is a conversation between materials and human beings. The world is a large, enigmatic thing, but through materials, through their concrete presence, a dialogue is possible with human beings. Different materials generate different conservations, and what we feel changes significantly as well. In the 20th century, because of concrete, the conversation has become stiff and formal, and people's expressions have darkened.
Let a lively conversation begin again with a broad range of materials

Kengo Kuma

Highlights

The exhibition showcases Kengo Kuma's work from a multifaceted perspective, through models, mock-ups (partial models in the actual dimensions using the actual materials), video, material samples and more, and presents Kuma's vision for the future of how materials and humans can relate.

■New Pavilion Exhibit

The gallery plans to exhibit a new Kengo Kuma Pavilion that leverages the distinct characteristics of bamboo.

Drawing for new Pavilion 2017

Drawing by Kuma for new Pavilion 2017

■Multiple Exhibits of Past Pavilions

The exhibition features multiple Pavilions that provide a highly interesting experience of space, including Fuan (Floating Tea House), which is made with a balloon and extremely thin cloth.

Fuan (Floating Tea House) 2007 Photo: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Floating Tea House 2007
Photo: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Nangchang-Nangchang 2013 Photo: Designhouse

Nangchang-Nangchang 2013 Photo: Designhouse

■Photography Allowed

Photography

Photography is allowed at the exhibition, with a few exceptions.
We encourage you to share this unique space.
The exhibits also include materials that may be touched.