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Impossible Architecture ―The Architects' Dreams

January 7-February 28, 2020

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This exhibition employs blueprints, models, photographs, and computer graphics to introduce a collection of provocative architecture projects since the 20th century that were never realized - due to political views, technical problems or a lack of intention. Viewers can enjoy an alternative history of architecture featuring some of the most preeminent architects from Japan and abroad.

Architects and artists (in alphabetical order)
Makoto Aida, Tadao Ando, Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Archigram, Yakov Chernikhov, Yona Friedman, Sou Fujimoto, Mark Foster Gage, Pierre-Jean Giloux, Zaha Hadid Architects + Architects JV, John Hejduk, Hans Hollein, Junya Ishigami, Arata Isozaki, Renshichiro Kawakita, Kiyonori Kikutake, Rem Koolhaas / OMA, Kisho Kurokawa, Daniel Libeskind, Kunio Maekawa, Kazimir Malevich, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Yutaka Murata, Takehiko Nagakura, Constant (Constant Nieuwenhuys), Taro Okamoto, Cedric Price, Ettore Sottsass, Superstudio, Mayumi Takizawa, Vladimir Tatlin, Bruno Taut, Giuseppe Terragni, Yamaguchi Akira, Bunzo Yamaguchi (Okamura)

List of Works (Japanese/English, PDF:805KB)

  • Host organizations: The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums
  • Supervisor: Taro Igarashi
  • Sponsors: Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., ANDO TADAO CULTURE FOUNDATION, Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  • Cooperation: Estate of Madeline Gins / Reversible Destiny Foundation


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Film producer and director: Takehiko Nagakura,
Vladimir Tatlin, Monument to the Third International, CG film, 1998

Bruno Taut, Distant view, plan for Small Town over Ikoma Mountain, December 1933,
1933, The Museum Yamato Bunkakan

Supervised by Mayumi Takizawa, Model,
Mayumi Takizawa, Mountain House, 1986, Private collection

Yakov Chernikhov, illustration from
Architectural Fantasies 101 Compositions in Colour, 101 Architectural Miniatures, 1933, Private collection

Yutaka Murata, Photograph of the model,
Soviet Youth Sports Facilities, c.1972, Collection of Aga Murata

Tadao Ando, Section, Nakanoshima Project Ⅱ – Urban Egg,
Proposal, Public Hall, 1988, TOKI-NO-WASUREMONO

Sou Fujimoto, Beton Hala Waterfront Center, first prize plan, CG image, 2012

Mark Foster Gage, Guggenheim Museum, Helsinki, CG film, 2014,
Image courtesy of Mark Foster Gage Architects

Yamaguchi Akira, Original Plan of Tokyo Metropolitan Government,
at the proposal from Makoto Aida, 2018, Private collection, Photo: Kei Miyajima


Opening Hours

10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30), Fri. and Sat. until 20:00 (last admission 19:30).


Mondays (except January 13, February 24) and January 14, February 25.

Admission Fee

Adults: 900 (600) yen / University students: 500 (250) yen
*( )admission for groups of more than 20 people.
* Admission free for visitors under 18 years old and mentally or physically disabled people with one attendant.

Night discount (applicable after 17:00 on Fri. and Sat.)
Adults: 700 yen / University students: 400 yen

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