Yoshio Taniguchi: Nine Museums

by | 30. Aug 2012

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Photo: © Toshiharu KitajimaShiseido Art MuseumKakegawa, Shizuoka PrefectureCompleted: 1978

The exhibition addresses four integral themes in Taniguchi’s work: materials, proportion, natural light, and  movement.

Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi came to international acclaim in 1997 when he won both his first invited competition and his first international commission for the expansion of The Museum of Modern Art; his first building outside of Japan.

In his native country he has distinguished himself as a rare talent of sublimely beautiful architectural spaces, ideal for the display of works of art.
This exhibition presents nine of Taniguchi’s museum designs central to understanding his approach to architecture.

Beginning with his first independent museum, the 1978 Shiseido Museum of Art, and ending with his Centennial Hall, which will be part of the Kyoto National Museum upon its completion in 2007. Each building is distinctly modern and characterized by pure geometries, rich materials, and artful construction.


Photo:© Toru WakiKen Domon Museum of PhotographySakata, Yamagata PrefectureCompleted: 1983


Photo: © Toshiharu KitajimaHigashiyama Kaii GalleryNagano Prefectural Shinano Art MuseumNagano, Nagano PrefectureCompleted: 1989


Photo: © Shinkenchiku-shaMarugame Genichiro-InokumaMuseum of Contemporary ArtMarugame, Kagawa PrefectureCompleted: 1991


Photo: © Toshiharu KitajimaToyota Municipal Museum of ArtToyota, Aichi PrefectureCompleted: 1995


Photo: © Toshiharu KitajimaThe Gallery of Horyuji TreasuresTokyo National MuseumUeno, TokyoCompleted: 1999


Computer image © Taniguchi and Associates/Masanori KasaharaHigashiyama Kaii MuseumSakaide, Kagawa PrefectureDesign: 2002Projected completion: fall 2004


Computer image courtesy MoMAThe Museum of Modern ArtNew York, New York


Computer image © Taniguchi and Associates/Masanori KasaharaCentennial Hall, Kyoto National MuseumKyoto, Kyoto PrefectureDesign: 1998-2000Projected completion: 2006

Large- and small-scale models of each project, including The Museum of Modern Art’s renovated building, are presented along with texts, photographs, and drawings.

Organized by Terence Riley, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.


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