• photo by Keizo KIOKU

  • 安藤忠雄《光の教会のための習作》 Photo by Keizo KIOKU

EXHIBITION / architecture

Tadao Ando :
The Act of Drawing

25 Sep, 2021—13 Feb, 2022

  • photo by Keizo KIOKU

  • 安藤忠雄《光の教会のための習作》 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,” a showcase focusing on the two-dimensional pieces of architect Tadao Ando that is also the starting point of this collection, “Between the City and Me,” an assortment of photographs of cities as taken by artists from a variety of different perspectives, and “Self-History,” a piece that allows visitors to witness over 40 irreplaceable works of contemporary art all at once, 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 “Tadao Ando: The Act of Drawing” of the Obayashi Collection Exhibit, we will showcase 15 pieces of two-dimensional artworks, centering around drawings approximately 10 m in length, and including sketches of Ando’s early architectural works, and silk screens of incomplete projects. Tadao Ando’s project begins by taking his vision of the future and depicting it through diagrams. Through delicate strokes of thin pens and colored pencils made on Japanese paper, viewers can gain witness to Ando’s unwavering embrace of cities and buildings, and his dynamically rendered drawings will allow them to witness how he vigorously charges toward the future. Please see the following for details on this Exhibit. We will also be providing details regarding “Between the City and Me” and “Self-History” at a later date.



TAn exhibit of 15 pieces of two-dimensional works by Tadao Ando, including his early drawings and silk screens


Premiere showing in Japan of the approximately 2 meter tall sculpture, “Tadao Ando,” by sculptor Xavier Veilhan


Exhibition of incomplete projects “The Theater in the Rock, Oya” and “Nakanoshima Project I (Osaka City Hall)”


Premiere showing in Japan of the approximately 10-meter length of sketch for “Benesse Art Site Naoshima”, developed at the Shanghai Biennale (held in 2000)


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