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The Prolific World of Togo Murano

May 16, 2016 - July 9, 2016

The Prolific World of TOGO MURANO: From the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace

The Prolific World of Togo Murano: From the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace

From the HMOCA website:

One of the leading figures in Japanese architecture, Togo Murano (1891-1984) was active mainly in the Kansai region before and after the war, designing a large number of highly unique buildings including among others the Sogo Department Store Osaka (1935), Ube City Public Hall (1937), Osaka New Kabuki Theater (1958), and the Nippon Life Insurance Company Hibiya Building (Nissay Theatre, 1963).

In 1994, ten years after Murano’s death, his family donated over 50,000 original design drawings to the Kyoto Institute of Technology Museum and Archives. Members of the Institute’s architecture laboratory and external researchers established a “Research Group for Architectural Drawings of Togo Murano” that continues to research and organize these items, the results of which have been showcased in 14 exhibitions so far. Minute architectural models created by architecture students present an overview of Murano’s work from the whole down to small details, to be experienced just as if walking inside the actual buildings, or from a normally rather difficult bird’s-eye perspective.

One major focus of this exhibition is on the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace that Murano built in Hiroshima. This outstanding work completed in 1954 was awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) Prize in 1956, and became the first ever postwar construction to be designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 2006. One of the exhibition’s highlights is a corner dedicated to the repeatedly revised design proposals for the Cathedral, illustrating the long process of trial and error before settling for the final design. Such elements as a façade that imparts its particular taste with time, unique shadow effects, textures and feels of materials, an exquisite fusion of Japanese and Westerns styles, and the beauty of gently curved lines, reflect the architect’s attention to details for the Cathedral’s design, while at once being characteristic aspects that convey the rich variety of Murano’s diverse architectural design up to his final years. The exhibition will be an opportunity for visitors to encounter the boundlessly abundant world of Togo Murano’s architectural practice and philosophy as shaped by his particular sensitivity and experience, from various points of view.



  • Adults ¥1030 (¥820)
  • University students ¥720 (¥620)
  • High school students and seniors [65 and over] ¥510 (¥410)
  • Junior high school students and younger: Free admission

Prices in () are Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more

Open: 09:00-17:00 (final admission 16:30)
Closed: Mondays


May 16, 2016
July 9, 2016
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1-1 Hijiyama-koen, Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0815 Japan