• photo by Keizo KIOKU

EXHIBITION / architecture

the City and Me

25 Sep, 2021—13 Feb, 2022

  • photo by Keizo KIOKU

WHAT MUSEUM was opened in December 2020 aiming to make artists’ and collectors’ precious art properties that have been entrusted to us accessible to the public. It exhibits works by artists active in the contemporary art scene side-by-side with the thoughts of the collectors as well as the artists, offering a new kind of space for the appreciation of art. At this Obayashi Collection Exhibition, we will be highlighting a collection of masterpieces accumulated over many years by Mr. Takeo Obayashi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the international art festival, “Aichi Triennale 2022” (Aichi Prefecture), and exhibiting the collection along three different themes. By displaying “Tadao Ando : The Act of Drawing,” “Between the City and Me,” and “Self-History,” not only will we aim to demonstrate the changing nature of this collection, we will also attempt a more multi-faceted approach to this assemblage of artistic works.

In “Between the City and Me” of the Obayashi Collection Exhibition, 15 separate works of photography by 9 artists capturing the sight of cities from the artists’ unique perspectives will be displayed. The subjects of these works will include various building blocks of cities that exist in the spaces “between” the cities and its people (the artists and the rest of us), such as urban infrastructure, architecture, interiors, and models. The “untitled/Osaka” series by Naoya Hatakeyama renders the changing vista of cityscapes as altered by time, while the “Untitled (Barragan House)” series by Luisa Lambri depicts minute changes wrought by time and personal experiences found in the Barragan House, which was designed by Luis Barragan. Furthermore, the subject of “Museum H 64” by Thomas Demand is the architectural models developed in the atelier of architect Kazuyo Sejima, as they are built day after day over the process of completing a building. These works evoke the image of “another” city as captured and visualized through the lens of a camera, one that exists “between” the physical city and the artist. Through this exhibit, we will create opportunities for visitors to witness cities from a new perspective.



Exhibit of early works by Rika Noguchi, Thomas Ruff, and Andreas Gursky


Exhibit of Naoya Hatakeyama’s “untitled/Osaka” series, with pieces reaching a height of 1.8 meters


Simultaneous exhibitions of the “Sumida Hokusai Museum” study model by Kazuyo Sejima and Associates, as well as photographs by Thomas Demand depicting the model

Artist Profile:here
Floor Map:here
September 25th, 2021 (Sat) — February 13th, 2022 (Sun)
(2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002)
Tuesday — Sunday
11:00 — 18:00(Admission until 17:00)
Closed on Monday
(open when Monday is a holiday, but closed the following Tuesday)
School Students
18 and under
15 and under
  • Ticket: Online ticket system
  • Free admission for visitors with
    a physical disability certificate
    and one of their carers
  • Presentation of your school
    identification card indicating
    your age or a physical disability
    certificate will be required on
  • Admission of the tour of
    Architectural Model Warehouse
    is included.
    (Warehouse Visit ¥500ADD-ON)
  • Invitation letter or ticket
    from the museum,
    pre-school child,
    and disabled people with
    a disability certificate and
    an assistant (up to one person)
    can enter for free, however,
    please make a reservation
    within the time frame.
  • If you have an Invitation letter
    or ticket from the museum,
    please present it when entering.
  • Students must present their
    student ID card or other
    proof of age when entering.
    If you have a Disabled
    Person’s Booklet or an equivalent
    form of government-issued ID,
    please present it when entering.

Takeo Obayashi