Kisho Kurokawa


When the plans to extend the Van Gogh Museum were in preparation, the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was approached to design the exhibition wing. It was not an idle choice: Kurokawa has been an important international figure in the world of architecture for forty years. The work of Kurokawa (1934-2007) has undergone different styles and followed diverse principles. As a reaction to the rationalism of Modernism, in the 1970s he designed very advanced flexible buildings consisting of separate capsules.
Later he thought primarily in terms of symbiosis, in which he combined the opposites Western/non-Western, public/private, and order/chaos. His work from the last ten years has been dominated by abstract, geometric forms.

All of Kurokawa’s main principles can be found in the design for the wing of
the Van Gogh Museum. Symbiosis plays a large role: setting/architecture, Rietveld building/extension, and Japanese/European culture. Kurokawa opted for asymmetry as a response to the Rietveld cube: the building is elliptical in form, and the box-shaped print room has been rotated in relation to the axis of the wing.

Curriculum Vitae

1934 Born in Nagoya City
1957 Graduated from Kyoto University, Department of Architecture
1962 President, Kisho Kurokawa Architects & Associates
1964 Graduated from Tokyo University, Graduate School of Architecture,
        Masters and Doctors Degree
1985 Honorary Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
1986 Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
1988 Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University, Bulgaria


1986 Gold Medal from the Academy of Architecture in France
1988 Richard Neutra Award from California State Polytechnic University
        in Pomona
1989 Grand Prix with Gold Medal at The Fifth World Biennale of Architecture
        in Sofia
1990 Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan

Major Projects:

1977 National Ethnological Museum, Osaka, Japan
1982 Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Japan
1988 National Bunraku Theater, Osaka, Japan
1988 Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
1990 Sporting Club at Illinois Center, Chicago, United States
1991 Melbourne Central, Australia
1992 Pacific Tower, Paris, France
1994 Ehime Museum of Science, Japan
1995 Republic Plaza, Singapore

After 1997 Shiga Kogen Roman Art Museum, Nagano, Japan
                Exhibition Wing for the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
                Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
                Resort Hotel in Menorca, Spain
                Nara City Photographic Museum, Japan
                Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia
                The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
                Eco-Media City 2020, Malaysia

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