About this Exhibition

ル・コルビュジエの自宅にて 1921年 ©FLC

Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism

The Main Building of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo was designed by Le Corbusier (1887-1965), one of the 20th century’s greatest architects. The building was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016 as one of the selected works worldwide that comprise “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement.” This exhibition, commemorating the NMWA’s 60th anniversary, focuses on the period when the young Swiss-born architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) settled in Paris, the capital of modern art, and promoted a movement called Purism. It considers his almost decade-long work in such diverse areas as painting, architecture, urban planning, publishing and interior design.
 In late 1918, just after the end of World War I, Jeanneret and the painter Amédée Ozenfant began the Purism movement, which advocated an art of “construction and synthesis” that would correspond with the development of modern technology. Applying himself to painting as he also sought new forms of architecture, Jeanneret was greatly inspired in the 1920s by his interaction with the leading artists of the Parisian avant-garde, which encouraged his transformation into Le Corbusier, standard-bearer of modern architecture.
 This exhibition presents approximately 100 artworks by Le Corbusier and his fellow artists, supplemented with such diverse materials as architectural models, publications and films. It will provide a unique opportunity to experience the spirit of the modern age that Le Corbusier sought to express, all set within a museum building of his own design.



Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism


Tuesday, 19 February – Sunday, 19 May 2019


The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Main Building)

Opening hours

9:30 am – 5:30 pm (9:30 am – 8:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time


Mondays (Except 25 March, 29 April and 6 May), 7 May

Organized by

The National Museum of Western Art, Fondation Le Corbusier, The Tokyo Shimbun, NHK

With the
support of

Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, The Japan Institute of Architects, Architectural Institute of Japan

With the
sponsorship of

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

With the
cooperation of

Centre des monuments nationaux, JAPAN AIRLINES, Yamato Global Logistics Japan Co., Ltd., Echelle-1, Yasojima Proceed Co.,Ltd., The Western Art Foundation

Advance /
Group of 20 or more
Adults 1,400yen 1,600yen
College students 1,000yen 1,200yen
High school students 600yen 800yen

* Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
* Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
* During this exhibition, the Permanent Collection display will be held only in the New Wing. Please be aware that a ticket for this exhibition is required to view the Main Building galleries.
* Advance tickets will be on sale until Monday 18 February 2019. General admission fees apply from Tuesday 19 February 2019.


03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)


7-7 Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007 JAPAN

・JR Line, 1 minute from Ueno Station, Park Exit
・Keisei Line, 7minutes from Keisei Ueno Station
・Ginza or Hibiya Subway Lines, 8 minutes from Ueno Station
* There is no parking at the museum. Due to very limited parking availability near the NMWA, please use public transportation to access the museum.