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Sunday Series: The National Art Center, Tokyo

The light spackled lobby of the National Art Center in Roppongi, Tokyo.fancy-line

Occasionally the best part of a museum is the museum itself. Art is held within the walls but sometimes the walls themselves are art. Orhan Pamuk said, ““Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.” The function may differ from institution to institution but the purpose of museums is to display [traditionally] art in a public fashion. Evolving from stuffy institutions, dusty and tucked away on university grounds, new modern museums seek to have their image, as well as their name, recognized the world over and one sure fire way to do it is to make your museum itself modern art. Perhaps the most famous of these museums is the Guggenheim in Spain or the commission of Frank Lloyd Wright for another in New York, but in any major city you can find an example of one of these architecturally stunning structures. The Louvre’s pyramid fountain is recognizable even at a glance, and New York has the best of both worlds with its ultra chic MoMA, and classically Gothic styled Met. 

These pictures were taken in Tokyo at the National Art Center, which is one of the 3 pillars of the Roppongi Art Triangle. Without commenting on the content in the museum itself I have to say that the way the light splattered and shaded the lobby was as interesting as anything else I saw that afternoon. I love the strong and bold light in these shots and the way it is complimented wonderfully by equally sturdy architectural lines. The waving window glass wrapped around conical columns all the while sun and shadows played across the surface, pouring in relentlessly.  

Camera: Nikon D3100, 18-55mm lens

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21 thoughts on “Sunday Series: The National Art Center, Tokyo

  1. Really like these photos!

  2. Interesting how the lights plays with the curves of the glass of the building 🙂

  3. great architecture photography! the light and it’s shadows are amazing!

  4. wonderful architecture series!! I wish I could be there with some pinhole cams!!!

  5. thanks for introducing this wonderful architecture!

  6. Wow, I love this series. Beautiful play between light and shadows. Stunning.

  7. nice… very inspiring!

  8. Stunning photos indeed….

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