Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art 80-1, Hamamachi
Kagawa Prefecture 763
Yoshio Taniguchi 1991
To commemorate the 90th
anniversary of the city of Marugame, Yoshio
Taniguchi was commissioned to design a museum to house the works of the
artist Genichiro Inokuma who had donated his works of art to the city.
The museum, designed as a ‘station
front’ art museum, is located on the same urban plaza as the main train
station. Because of its proximity and relation to the central transportation
hub of Marugame it is a museum that can be accessed by all.
The scale of the building operates
at both an urban scale and, in the interior, on a more intimate scale. The
principal facade on the plaza is a triple height
plane which folds over to frame the grand entry stair and an opaque volume
enclosing the exhibition space.
The visitor may enter directly
from plaza level into the exhibition gallery, choose to take the grand stair
to enter the exhibition gallery at the second level or to access the Art
Library, Museum Hall, Workshop and Creative Studio or continue to the upper
level which leads to an exterior courtyard. This courtyard contains
sculpture by the artist and a wall washed with water. Another wall of glass
is the facade of the café from which visitors can look into the serene
courtyard whose walls frame the sky.
The museum is composed of three
exhibition galleries; the first is a double-height
cubic space that overlooks the entry and information lobby on the ground
floor and is gently illuminated by natural light from a horizontal band of
clerestory glazing. The overhanging planar roof protects the works of art
from daylight while framing views out to the city from the upper level.
The second gallery, at the same
level as the first, is illuminated only by artificial light, a glowing
rectangular band in the ceiling where it meets the wall. Finally, the third
exhibition gallery located on the third level is more rectangular in volume
and larger in area.
Taniguchi uses a similar
architectural language of horizontal and vertical planes, yet in a different
context, at the Gallery of
Horyuji Treasures at the Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo. This language
allows for a spatial abstraction of the architecture that only compliments
the works of art.
Kari Silloway 2004
How to visit
By Shinkansen super express change
at Okayama Station, take an express train on either the Yosan line (toward
Matsuyama) or the Dosan line (toward Kochi) to Marugame
Station. The museum is immediately to the right as you exit the station.
Time required: Tokyo to Okayama
approx. 4 hours, Okayama to Marugame approx. 35 minutes.
10am to 6pm (last entry 5:30pm),
closed December 25-31.
For more information please telephone +81 877-24-7755.
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