About the exhibition
It is with great pleasure that we announce a major solo exhibition of the work of Kuma Kengo (b. 1954), one of Japan’s leading contemporary architects, which includes his participation in the design of Japan National Stadium, scheduled to serve as the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Kuma’s buildings, designed to blend in harmoniously with the local environment and culture wherever they are located, naturally draw large numbers of visitors who spend significant amounts of time there. Among them is the design museum V&A Dundee, which opened in 2018 in Scotland and was selected as one of “Time magazine’s list of the world’s greatest places to visit in 2019.”
This exhibition features designs selected from among the Kuma projects, with a focus on those of a highly public nature, and each is introduced via a description of the work by Kuma himself. Here, the point of focusing on the public sector is to showcase not only large-scale public structures such as newly built government offices, but also small-scale projects such as renovated restaurants. The designs are categorized according to five principles that Kuma has conceived – “hole,” “particles,” “oblique,” “softness,” and “time” – and presented in the form of models, photographs, and mockups.
In addition, video works have been commissioned from cutting-edge contemporary artists such as Takimoto Mikiya, Fujii Hikaru, and the McGloughlin Brothers, and visitors will be immersed in a space that highlights not only formal aspects of Kuma’s architecture, but also how it is utilized and how it relates to the surrounding community. There will also be a 360-degree VR simulation that allows people to experience interior spaces with maximum realism.
Also on view will be the results of “A Plan for Tokyo, 2020: Five Purr-fect Points for Feline Architecture,” a research project that reinterprets the urban environment from the perspective of cats. In the belief that our current era calls for exploring new ideas for the city by looking at it not from above, as in Japan’s postwar period of rapid economic growth (c.1954-1972), but from below, Kuma arrived at the idea of adopting cats’ vantage point. For this exhibition, he collaborated with the design engineering firm Takram and conducted fieldwork and GPS tracking in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, and presents the study’s outcomes using 3D computer graphics and projection mapping.
The organizers’ hope is that this exhibition, which will take place during a time of numerous challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, will offer valuable opportunities to think in new ways about public space and the future of the city.
Outline
Title
Kuma Kengo:Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space
Venue
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum  Museum Website
Term
January 22, 2021(Fri.) — March 28, 2021(Sun.)
Closing day
The 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
*Please check the Museum website for the latest information.
Opening hours
10:00—18:00
*Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing
*Please check the museum website for the latest information.
Organized by
Nagasaki Prefecture Government
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Japan Arts Council
With the patronage of
Nagasaki City Hall,
Nagasaki Prefectural Board of Education,

Nagasaki Municipal Board of Education,
Nagasakishimbunsha,


Nishinippon Newspaper Co., Asahi Shimbun,
Mainichi Newspapers,
Yomiuri Shimbun, Seibu,

Nagasaki Broadcasting Company,


Television Nagasaki Co.,Ltd.,
Nagasaki Culture Telecasting Corporation,


Nagasaki International Television Broadcasting, Inc,


Nagasaki Cable Media, FM Nagasaki Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of
TAISEI CORPORATION ,
TAIYO CONSTRUCTION CO.,LTD. ,

HASEKO Corporation ,

DAIKO ELECTRIC CO.,LTD. ,

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. ,

MAEDA CORPORATION ,

ITOKI CORPORATION ,
OBAYASHI CORPORATION ,

KAJIMA CORPORATION ,
KOKUYO Co.,Ltd. ,


KOMATSUMATERE Co.,Ltd. ,
SATOHIDE CORPORATION ,


SHIMIZU CORPORATION ,

JR East Design Corporation ,

Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd. ,

TAIYO KOGYO CORPORATION ,

Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. ,

Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd. ,

TAKENAKA CORPORATION ,
TANSEISHA Co., , Ltd. ,
TSUCHIYA CORPORATION ,

TOKYU CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD. ,

TOTO LTD. ,
TODA CORPORATION , NOMURA Co., Ltd. ,


FUJISASH CO.,LTD. ,
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd. ,


MEIKEN LAMWOOD Corp. ,

KISHINOUE CONSTRUCTION
With the cooperation of
NVIDIA Corporation ,
KOMATSU MATERE Co.,Ltd. ,

Snow Peak Inc. , Toyama City , Nagaoka City ,

HP Japan Inc. ,

HAMADA SHOYU Co., Ltd. ,
V&A Dundee , Maniwa City ,

Minamisanriku Town ,
ModuleX Inc. ,
MONOFACTORY Co., Ltd ,

YAMAGIWA Corp. ,
Yusuhara Town
With the support of
The Obayashi Foundation
Enquiry
Access
Tram:
3-minute walk from Dejima tram stop, 2-minute walk from Medical Center tram stop

Bus:
5-minute walk from Nagasaki Shinchi Bus Terminal.

JR:
15-minute walk from Nagasaki Station

Ferry:
10-minute walk from Nagasaki Port Terminal

Automobile:
Approximately 5 minutes on the Nagasaki Dejima Road from the Nagasaki
exit on the Nagasaki Expressway.

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Ticket
 
On the day
Advanced, Groups
General admission
JPY 1,300
JPY 1,100
University students and
persons over 70
JPY 1,000
JPY 800
High school students
and younger
Free
Free
*Group discount applies to 15 persons or more.
*50% discount for certified persons with disabilities and one accompanying person.
*There are three venues, and admission is only charged at the first venue (free admission at the second and third venues).
*Advance tickets on sale until Thu., January 21, 2021
This exhibition will travel to the following venues.
Venue
The Museum of Art, Kochi  Museum Website  Ended
Term
January 22, 2021(Fri.) — March 28, 2021(Sun.)
Venue
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo  Museum Website
Term
June 18, 2021(Fri.) — September 26, 2021(Sun.)