Le Corbusier and Japan: With a Focus on the Three Apprentices who Built the National Museum of Western Art
National Archives of Modern Architecture (国立近現代建築資料館)
4-6-15 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8553, Japan
Japan’s modern architecture, which initially set out by imitating the architecture of the West, has arrived where it is today by evolving in its own unique way while embracing the Modern Movement. In the process, the Japanese architecture world has been greatly influenced by the works and ideas of the grand master of modern architecture, the French architect Le Corbusier (1887–1965). This exhibition examines how Le Corbusier was discovered, embraced, and built upon in the context of Japanese modern architecture through focusing on the activities of three Japanese apprentices who studied in his atelier in Paris (Kunio Mayekawa, Junzo Sakakura, and Takamasa Yoshizaka). Additionally, the show sheds light on the construction process and architectural appeal of Le Corbusier’s only realized work in Japan, the National Museum of Western Art (1959).