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“The Lady and the Unicorn”

The National Art Center, Tokyo
Ranked #7 of 523 things to do in Minato
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

While in Tokyo for a short visit we just wanted to take in as many art museums as we could. We were informed that this museum does not have a permanent collection but would have some temporary ones. To our amazement when we entered the museum, the temporary exhibit is The Lady and the Unicorn which is on loan from the Musee de Cluny in Paris. We are very familiar with the Lady and the Unicorn as we have visited this exhibit a number of times when in Paris. In Paris the six tapestries are displayed in separate rooms but here in Tokyo the six are displayed in one very large circular hall and the effect is amazing. There are also videos in side rooms that emphasize the make-up of the tapestries. Unfortunately for us, the audio is in Japanese, not our native language, but the video none the less is informative. The exhibit is only in Tokyo until July 15th but then travels to The National Museum of Art in Osaka until October 20th.

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

This Center illustrates the sense of quality and ambition that permeates contemporary Japan. I have seen a series of exhibitions here, each very thorough, well-conceived and -organized, comprehensive. I recently experienced the excellent exhibition on California, design and systemic promotion of the American way by use of California. It was very good. The building is wonderful: design wise (just lift your head and open your eyes), in terms of the high quality of materials used (consider the wood and touch the fine concrete walls), details (note the ventilation grids in the wooden floor), and the openings to the green outside space. All newcomers to Japan should try to visit the Center -- and veterans can always find 1-2 hours to come by between meetings (the Center is only a few minutes by taxi from downtown).

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I like this building. and sometimes, there are interesting exhibition.
After exhibition , you can rest on the chair long time.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

It's a shame that such a wonderful building seems to only host major traveling exhibitions and shows by art associations. When I went one of the galleries hosted an exhibition of California Design 1930-1965 that was excellent. I passed on an exhibit a tapestry from the Cluny Museum in Paris since I had seen it in the original venue. The rest of the galleries appeared to contain exhibits by art associations, with no English descriptions. Two of the five galleries were empty. It's a lovely, peaceful respite from Roppongi, but underutilized. It's a short walk from the Roppongi station. Each of the five galleries charges a separate admission when they are open. There are several restaurants including a high-end Paul Bocuse operation. Worth a visit, but make sure you check the web site to see what exhibits are on.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The building was designed and built by Kisho Kurokawa. If you are fed up with Roppongi streets I would suggest visiting this museum not only for the fascinationg exhibitions they have but also just to sit and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this museum building. You can effectively find a chair somewhere and either read or take an afternoon nap. The building is like a huge glass box and this environmentally friendly architecuture gets you to feel very comfortable ideed. Easy access is from Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line or take an easy hike from Roppongi.
http://www.nact.jp/english/index.html

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