Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota City, prefecture of Aichi, 1991-1995, © Toshiharu Kitajima
Shiseido Art Museum, Kakegawa, 1978, © Shinkenchiku-sha
Gallery of the Horyuji Treasures, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1999, © Toshiharu Kitajima


Exhibition: "Nine Museums" at the New MoMA in New York

Yoshio Taniguchi was in charge of the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition "Nine Museums" presents other works and designs of the Japanese architect through January 31, 2005. The exhibition is a special representation of his approach and personal signature.


"Give me money, and I'll build you good architecture. Give me more money, and I'll make the architecture disappear." It is said that Taniguchi spoke these words to the board of the MoMA, and in 1997 he won the competition for the renovation and expansion of MoMA. Until that time, the architect, born in 1937, was hardly known outside Japan.

MoMA opened its gates on November 20 and pays tribute to the architect with the exhibition "Nine Museums." The museums are presented with specially made large- and small-scale models, texts, photographs and sketches, starting with the Shiseido Art Museum in Kakegawa (1978) and including the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Aichi (1995), the Tokyo National Museum (1999), and others, ending with Centennial Hall, which will be part of the Kyoto National Museum upon its completion in 2007. Documents related to the creation of the new MoMA are also on exhibit. A video tour guides visitors through the Japanese museums.



Yoshio Taniguchi: Nine Museums.

November 20, 2004 until January 31, 2005

Museum of Modern Art

New York