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
The Museum of Art, Kochi  Museum Website
Term
November 3, 2020(Tues.)—January 3, 2021(Sun.)
Closing day
Please check the museum website for the latest information.
Opening hours
9:00—17:00(Admission until 16:30)
Organized by
Executive Committee of Kuma Kengo Exhibition, Kochi
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Japan Arts Council
With the patronage of
Kochi Prefecture , Kochi City ,

Kochi Prefecture Board of Education ,


Kochi City Board of Education ,
The Kochi Shimbun ,

Kochi Cable Broadcast ,

FM KOCHI Broadcasting , Kochi City FM
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With the support of
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Enquiry
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Access
By Tram"Tosaden"
From "Harimaya Bashi" station, take the Tosaden Kotsu tram bound for "Gomen", "Ryoseki-dori" or "Monju-dori", get off at "Kenritsu Bijutsukan-dori" station (approximately 15 min.) and walk for 5 min.

By Bus
5 min. by foot from the "Kenritsu Bijutsukan-mae" bus stop (Tosaden bus, Kochi-idai Line)

By Airport Limousine Shuttle Bus
From Kochi Ryoma Airport, you can reach the museum by using the Airport Limousine Shuttle Bus between the airport and the city. Get off at the "Kazurashima" bus stop and walk 16 min.

By car/taxi
20 min. from JR Kochi station, 30 min. from Kochi Ryoma Airport, 15 min. from Nankoku IC or 10 min. from Kochi IC on the Kochi Expressway.

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Ticket
All reservations must be made online in advance.
Reservations cannot be made by phone.
e-tix *only available in Japanese.
 
On the day
Advanced, Groups
Adults
JPY 1,300
JPY 1,100
University &
High School Students
JPY 800
JPY 600
Middle & Elementary
School Students
JPY 500
JPY 300
Free admission for preschool children.
Discounted prices parenthesis apply to groups of 20 members or more.
JPY 1,000 for these width Physical Disability Cards, Care Assistance Cards, Disability Cards, War Wounded Veteran Cards or A-Bomb Victim Health Cards, and 1 accompanying caregiver, as well as holders of Kochi City or Prefectual Senior Cards.
This exhibition will travel to the following venues.
Venue
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum  Museum Website
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.)