Exhibition “Le Corbusier”— Looking Inside of His Origins
The exhibition “Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism” is being held in the main building of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo from February 19 to Sunday May 19, 2019.
The exterior of the National Museum of Western Art
The National Museum of Western Art (Main Building) was designed by Le Corbusier (1887-1965; birth name: Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), the great master of modern architecture of the 20th century. In 2016, it was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. This exhibition is held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of this museum.
Right inside the exhibition room is “the 19th century hall.”
Through the triangle-shaped windows on the ceiling comes the soft light of nature.
The National Museum of Western Art, which opened in 1959, is the one and only building designed by Le Corbusier in Japan. In 2016, 17 projects by Corbusier in seven countries were registered as World Heritage sites, including this museum.
Le Corbusier and his “Still Life with Numerous Objects” at the house of Jacob Street in
Paris (part) Paris, Foundation Le Corbusier 1923 ©FLC/ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018 B0365
Le Corbusier was an artist who worked in different fields; not only in architecture but also in painting, sculpture, poetry, tapestry, urban planning, publication, and interior designing.
This exhibition features the period in which Le Corbusier promoted “Purism” in Paris, the world center of art. It takes a retrospective look at his works from the late 1910s to the early 1930s, when he came out into the world at large.
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) Still Life of the Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau 1924
Paris, Fondation Le Corbusier ©FLC/ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018 B0365
You will be able to see not only the works of Le Corbusier but also about 100 artworks and various materials, such as architectural models, publications and videos, of contemporaries who had an influence on him, such as Picasso and Braque.
Fernand Léger The Siphon 1924 Buffalo, New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon
Bunshaft, 1977 (1977:29) Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
(left) Le Corbusier Léa 1931 Taisei Corporation
(right) Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) Woman with Pedestal Table and Horseshoe 1928 Paris, Fondation Le Corbusier
Le Corbusier Circus: Woman and Horse 1929 Taisei Corporation
The exhibition is a precious opportunity to appreciate his art inside an architectural artwork designed by himself. Won’t you visit and feel the spirit of Le Cotbusier in a space constructed by the artist himself?
[Outline] Exhibition: Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism
Tuesday, 19 February – Sunday, 19 May 2019
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Main Building)
9:30 am – 5:30 pm (9:30 am – 8:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time
Mondays (Except 25 March, 29 April and 6 May), 7 May
Admission Fees: (General) Adults 1,600yen, College students 1,200yen, High school students 800yen (Group of 20 or more) Adults 1,400yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students
* Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
* Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability
identification upon arrival.
* During this exhibition, the Permanent Collection display will be held only in the New Wing.
Please be aware that a ticket for this exhibition is required to view the Main Building galleries.
*The information herein is as of March 2019.