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The National Museum of Western Art in Ueno: the World Heritage Site designed by Le Corbusier

The National Museum of Western Art in Ueno was designated as the World Heritage Site in July 2016. It has precious collections of Western art from the 19th to 20th century. The impressive building was designed by the great architect of the 20th century, Le Corbusier. Because of the announcement of the World Heritage, it will attract more visitors from all over the world. Today, I will introduce you The National Museum of Western Art (or “Kokuritsu Seiyou Bijutsukan”).
Ueno | 7-7 Uenokōen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0007
(Updated on: Mar 15, 2017)

The National Museum of Western Art in Ueno: the World Heritage Site designed by Le Corbusier
[The National Museum of Western Art]
Located in Ueno Park, in Taito-ku, Tokyo, the art museum owns and exhibits mainly Western artwork including artwork collected by an entrepreneur, Kojiro Matsukata, and the paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. After it was designated as the World Heritage Site in July 2016, its name became worldwide.
The National Museum of Western Art in Ueno: the World Heritage Site designed by Le Corbusier
Source: tobu.co.jp
[open]
9:30 – 17:30 (20:00 on Friday)
[closed]
Monday (if a Monday is a holiday, it is open on the day, and closed on the following Tuesday)
[admission] *for permanent collection
adults: 430yen / college students: 130yen
[access]
・1-minute walk from the Kouenguchi exit of JR Ueno station
・7-minute walk from Ueno station (Keisei Line)
・8-miunte walk from Ueno station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line)
[history]
The entrepreneur, Kojiro Matsukata had entrusted about 400 pieces of artwork he collected in Europe to Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum) in Paris. After World War 2, San Francisco Peace Treaty was concluded, and those artworks were passed to the French government’s possession as a part of the treaty. However, the French government decided to return 375 pieces of them to Japan later on. The artworks are called “Matsukata Collection” today.
[the World Heritage]
The great master of modern architecture, Le Corbusier took a part in the modern architecture movement in which architects sought to create structures that suited the cotemporary era of the 20th century. Today, seventeen works of his are designated as the World Heritage Site. This is a kind of a rare case where those buildings located in multiple countries (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Argentina, India, and Japan) are listed at the same time.
[artwork]
Let me introduce some representative pieces.
1: Claude Monet “On the Boat”: one of masterpieces of the French Impressionist.
2: Joan Mieo “Painting”: a great painting characterized by the abstract symbols.
3: Georges Rouault “L’Ebahi (The Surprised)”: a masterpiece from his later years.
4: Auguste Rodin “The Thinker”: How about taking picture of this one with you posing just like him at the front yard?
The National Museum of Western Art in Ueno: the World Heritage Site designed by Le Corbusier
[permanent collection]
Focusing on Matsukata Collection, they showcase Western artworks from the late medieval period to the early 20th century. Exhibited in the main building, new wing, and front yard, the permanent collection has such a volume. So, you may want to enjoy this with time to spare. You can check their collection in the official website.
http://collection.nmwa.go.jp/artizeweb/search_5_area.do
[the surrounding area]
1: Ameyoko Shoutengai (Ameyoko shopping street)
Because of their good selection of items at low prices, this street is always crowded. Strolling here is really fan as well as shopping. Delicious fruit cut into proper sizes to eat on your way is also available.
Ueno | Japan, 〒110-0005 東京都台東区上野6丁目10−7
2: Ueno Zoological Gardens
In this zoo, they are trying to create a natural environment where these animals are supposed to live as much as they can. So, we may watch the true lives of animals. The highlight, giant pandas as well as cute animals like polar bears and seals are waiting for you. This zoo has about 400 species. Please take your time and explore leisurely.
[open] 9:30 – 17:00 (the ticket booth is closed at 16:00)
[admission]
adults: 600 yen / junior high school students 200 yen
Ueno | Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-0007
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