Church of the Light

Tadao ANDO

1/15 - 4/11/2020

To ensure the safety of our communities and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Tadao Ando "Church of the Light" will be temporarily closed. We will announce the reopening date and schedule on our website, Instagram and Twitter, but we apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Akio Nagasawa Gallery is pleasure to announce the new exhibition Church of the Light by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

This exhibition which will be held for the third time at Akio Nagasawa Gallery in Ginza, introduces Ando’s masterpiece Church of the Light through different medium including photos taken by Ando himself, drawings, scale models and lithographies.
Furthermore during the show, an original interview regarding Ando's architectural and project ideas will be screened.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you during the exhibition.


Tadao Ando, born in 1941 is one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese architects. Characteristics of his work include large expanses of unadorned architectural concrete walls combined with wooden or stone floors and large windows. Active natural elements, like sun, rain, and wind are a distinctive inclusion to his style. He has designed many notable buildings, including Row House in Sumiyoshi, Osaka, 1976, which gave him the Annual Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan in 1979, Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 2001, Armani Teatro, Milan, 2001, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2002 and 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo, 2007. Among many awards he has received are; Gold Medal of Architecture, Academie d'Architecture (French Academy of Architecture) in 1989, The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2002, and Gold Medal of Union Internationale des Architectes in 2005. Ando is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was also a visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, UC Barkley, and Harvard Universities.


Ando Tadao Kenchiku wo Ikiru

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