National Museum of Western Art as Important Cultural Property of Japan: its Evolution and Historical Value

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https://doi.org/10.52200/53.A.GSNNOIXW

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Starting with the conception of the World Museum as part of the 1929 Mundaneum project, Le Corbusier continued to develop and refine that concept. The main building of the National Museum of Western Art completed in 1959, was also designed as a Museum of Unlimited Expansion prototype. NMWA has undergone conservation work and seismic base isolation work a number of times, and is therefore in generally good condition. The principal conservation works to the main building since its completion is summarized in this essay, along with other construction, extension and maintenance work carried out on the grounds.

How to Cite

Yamana, Y., & Fukuda, K. (2015). National Museum of Western Art as Important Cultural Property of Japan: its Evolution and Historical Value. Docomomo Journal, (53), 74–83. https://doi.org/10.52200/53.A.GSNNOIXW

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2015-09-01

Author Biographies

Yoshiyuki Yamana, Tokyo University of Science

(b. Tokyo, 1971). Architecte DPLG., PhD on Art History. Professor at Tokyo University of Science. Head curator of National Archives of Modern Architecture/ Japan. Visiting Fellow of National Museum of Western Art. Vice President of docomomo Japan. International Expert committee Member of the project of "Architectural Work of Le Corbusier — An Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement" for UNESCO World Heritage. Japan ICOMOS National Committee Member, ICOMOS ISC20c Member.

Kyo Fukuda

(b. Tokyo, 1971). Master of Engineering, Tokyo University of Science. National Museum of Western Art Curatorial Division Assistant Researcher, 2011. National Museum of Western Art General Affairs Division Specialist (Architecture), 2014.

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