Special Program "Tadao Ando Construction Site 2006 A Hard-Fought Process"

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT marks its opening with the special program Tadao Ando Construction Site 2006 "A Hard-Fought Process". The program is mainly about getting people to experience the space - by opening the just completed building to the public before 21_21’s first exhibition - and presenting the design process from start to finish through architectural models, photographs, and drawings.


In designing the stage for 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, architect Tadao Ando endeavored to create the kind of architecture he sees as "the face of Japan".

The building has two levels, one above and one below ground, which houses two galleries - one large, one small. And as most of the interior space lies underground, the dramatic change from quietly balanced exterior to dynamic interior is something that…well…just has to be experienced!

April 7 will see the addition of the installation ‘Additive Inverse’ by one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, William Forsythe. Who has expanded his activities beyond dance performance in recent years to site-specific interactive installations. He adds yet another perspective to Ando’s architecture.

[Profile : Tadao Ando]

Born in Osaka in 1941.
Self-educated in architecture, he established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. Major projects include the Church of the Light, the Armani Teatro, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Chichu Art Musuem.
Among the many awards he has received are the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize in 1979 for his Row House in Sumiyoshi, the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Asahi Prize in 1995, the AIA Gold Medal and the Kyoto Prize in 2002, and the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes) Gold Medal in 2005.

Profile : Tadao Ando
Portrait photo:
Kazuharu Igarashi

March 30 (FRI) - April 18 (WED) Open daily
11:00〜21:00 (Entrance until 20:30)
General ¥1000 University student ¥800
High and junior high school student ¥500
Ages 12 and under may enter for free
* ¥200 discount for groups of over 15 people
Nippon Television Network
In association with:
Tadao Ando Exhibition Committee
Supported by:
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
In cooperation with:
Canon Marketing Japan Inc., Kenwood Corporation
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Related Exhibit

"Additive Inverse"

Additive Inverse

Installation by William Forsythe

from Artist :
"The floating, spectral gestures of Additive Inverse summon our primary fascination with language and illusion. This is a correspondence with one of the fundamental objectives of theater: to lend a calculation of language the quality of spontaneous materialization."

April 7 (SAT) 16:00 - April 18 (WED)
Gallery 1
Thom Willems
Philip Bussmann
Julian Gabriel Richter

Performance by Alessio Silvestrin

Performance by Alessio Silvestrin

Performance schedule (April, 2007)

8 (SUN)
17:10 ~ 19:00
9 (MON)
14:30 ~ 16:30 / 17:30 ~ 19:30
10 (TUE)
13:30 ~ 15:30 / 16:30 ~ 17:30
11 (WED)
12:00 ~ 16:30 / 14:00 ~ 15:00 / 17:30 ~ 19:30
12 (THU)
13:30 ~ 15:30 / 16:30 ~ 17:30
13 (FRI)
14:30 ~ 16:30 / 17:30 ~ 19:30
14 (SAT)
12:00 ~ 13:30 / 14:00 ~ 15:00 / 16:00 ~ 17:30
15 (SUN)
14:30 ~ 16:30 / 17:30 ~ 19:30
16 (MON)
14:30 ~ 16:30 / 17:30 ~ 19:30
17 (TUE)
13:30 ~ 15:30 / 16:30 ~ 17:30
18 (WED)
14:30 ~ 16:30 / 17:30 ~ 19:30

[Profile : William Forsythe]

William Forsythe was born in the US, in 1949 in New York State.
In 1973 he traveled to Europe where he joined the Stuttgart Ballet. In 1984, he began his tenure as Director of the Frankfurt Ballet where he created many of the most celebrated dance theatre works of our time. After the closure of the Frankfurt Ballet in 2004, Forsythe established his own company, the Forsythe Company.
In recent years, in addition to receiving commissions from architect Daniel Libeskind and the City of Paris among others to create architecture/performance installations, he has produced numerous video installations and films. His diverse artistic activities continue to transcend any one genre or medium.

Profile : William Forsythe
Photo: © Valentin M. Baranovsky

[Profile : Alessio Silvestrin]

Born in Italy in 1973. Graduated from the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo and studied at the Ecole Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne as well. He danced and worked as choreographer with Béjart Ballet Lausanne directed by Maurice Bejart and with Ballet de l'Opéra National de Lyon directed by Yorgos Loukos. He joined Ballet Frankfurt directed by William Forsythe in 1999. Since 2003 he is a freelance artist resident in Japan involved in different kinds of activities, creating choreographies, videos and music as well. He is invited to present his works in several international dance festivals and as well performs in various frames collaborating with other artists. Among his commissions received in Japan, he choreographed, directed and performed Béla Bartók’s one act opera "Bluebeard's Castle" for the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya 2005.

Related Programs

Tokyo Midtown Forum  21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Talk Session

Session 1: Tadao Ando + Issey Miyake (Moderator: Akiko Moriyama)
Session 2: Taku Satoh + Naoto Fukasawa + Noriko Kawakami

Date :
April 1 (SUN) 15:00 (doors open 14:30), ends 17:45
Place :
Tokyo Midtown Hall Hall A

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Architecture Cruise

Navigator: Kouji Tsuyama (construction manager, Takenaka Corporation)

Saturday and Sunday, 14 and 15 April, 14:00~ (Registration from 13:30)
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT ground floor entrance lobby
Max 50 people (each day; by order of arrival)
Free (with current ticket to the facility)
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