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The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo

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Art and architecture enthusiasts should not miss the chance to visit The National Art Center, Tokyo. The center, opened in 2007, is noted for being an empty museum, meaning it doesn’t feature a permanent collection. Admire the imposing modern building, designed by Kisho Kurokawa and boasting a striking wavy glass facade. Step inside to admire the interior of the building, view one of the popular temporary displays, or check out the gift shop, restaurant, and cafe. Before you head to Tokyo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tokyo trip builder website, to make sure you see all that Tokyo has to offer, including The National Art Center, Tokyo.
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  • A lot of great paintings and photos there. A fashionable sweets in restaurant also they have.Equipment very clean. 
    A lot of great paintings and photos there. A fashionable sweets in restaurant also they have.Equipment very clean.  more »
  • Come here even if just to see the architecture! I always enjoy the (inexpensive) national contest shows of Japanese artist leagues... not every piece is good, of course, but there are many gems. The.....  more
    Come here even if just to see the architecture! I always enjoy the (inexpensive) national contest shows of Japanese artist leagues... not every piece is good, of course, but there are many gems. The.....  more »
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  • A beautiful museum with amazing architecture. I had the opportunity to see two different shows that day. One of the shows by Tamura Satoru was offered for free, which was great! If you have the opportunity, I strongly recommend you to see the Museum Ludwig Cologne show(not free), probably the greatest collection of artwork across all genres. Artists such as Warhol, Picasso, Pollock, Jean Arp, etc... Afterwards, I grabbed some food/drinks from the cafe and sat outside on the balcony while enjoying the weather.
  • I attended a special exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum of New York at the National Art Center Tokyo. There were a total of 65 paintings displayed including those by some of the most famous artists in history. As expected, it was a nice exhibit. I was more impressed though not by a painting but by the building itself. The building was designed by Kisho Kurosawa who first came to fame with his futuristic Nakagin capsule building in 1972. The green wavelike façade evokes feelings of nature. The atrium features a ceiling of over eighty feet high making it feel extremely spacious. If you like amazing architecture, this is a place you don’t want to miss.

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