Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

Last year, I was very lucky to have been able to get up close and personal with original paintings by Manet at the National Art Center here in Tokyo, which was part of a touring expo from the Musée d’Orsay! Even though NACT is the largest museum in Japan, it only holds temporary exhibitions. In the same year it opened, 2007, NACT hosted “Claude Monet : L’art de Monet et sa postérité”, which saw more than 700,000 visitors over its 76 day duration – an average of over 9,000 people each day! The most successful exhibition to date, though, was in 2010; “Post-impressionnisme 115 chefs-d’œuvre de la collection du Musée d’Orsay” attracted over 10,000 people each day during its 72 days in Tokyo.

Aside from the immensely popular exhibitions, there’s another reason people love to visit NACT. Simply, it is one the most architecturally beautiful structures in the country. Even if there isn’t any artwork showing, it’s worth a visit just for the building itself. NACT was designed by renowned Japanese architect, Kisho Kurakawa, whose work you can see all around Japan, as well as in Australia, the U.S., across Europe, and throughout Asia.

The entrance lobby consists of a massive glass façade that is intended to bring nature in. The outside trees, grass and sky are almost a part of the design! The transparent wall waves around the front of the building in a very elegant manner and in the afternoon, the grid-like beams cast an array of mesmerising shadows all throughout the atrium. It is beautiful, but hard to photograph!

If you’re into fashion design, make sure you check out the next major exhibition The Work of Miyake Issey (March-June, 2016)!

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National Art Center

National Art Center

Check out this week’s Photo Challenge “Grid” for more posts. Thanks Michelle for the theme!

19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

  1. Hi Celia,
    Beautiful and hard to photograph for sure, but you’ve done well with your interplay of light and shadow. I’m pretty sure the 2010 exhibition you refer to also came to Australia prior to Japan. It was while the Musee D’Orsay was closed for renovations and I remember making the trip to the National Gallery in Canberra to see the exhibition. It was well worth the trip and no matter how often one sees great works in book or online form, there is no substitute for the real thing. Cheers …. John


    1. Hi John,
      Yes you might be right! I believe that exhibition went to Canberra, then Tokyo, then San Francisco. I was living in Melbourne at the time, so didn’t get to see it here, or in Oz. It must have been incredible! Definitely, it’s a completely different experience to see them in person. Seeing the size of the paintings in real life is often one of the biggest surprises!


  2. Wow!!! This indeed is awesome Celia.

    Both the architecture and the quality of exhibition. Just imagining 10,000 visitors every day and nearly one million overall visitor, something special must be about the place, it just cannot be just special it has to be extraordinary in its display and in its composition. How it manages to attract so many visitors. One can see the transparent facade, just not the massive structure but the class in design is strongly visible.
    Great stuff.


    1. Thanks, Nihar!
      I, too, am shocked at how many visitors some of the exhibitions get. But I guess, considering the population of Tokyo, this sort of thing is normal! There’s no escaping people!!
      Are there any architecturally beautiful building where you are? :)

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      1. I agree but this must be very special to be able to attract and build on the reputation of it’s class and significance of how it is being exhibited.
        Yes, there are palace hotel but more so are historical architecture though the modern structure are there but the historical significance is very high, there are few hotels considered to be the best in the world…

        You can have a look at the Falaknuma Palace…the link below;


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