Kazuyo Sejima’s Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu


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© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Located in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, in which Sumida Hokusai (Katsushika Hokusai) was born and spent the majority of his life, this museum—completed in November 2016 to designs by Kazuyo Sejima—is a temple to the Japanese artist’s work, including the likes of The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji. Sejima, who was awarded the Priztker Prize in 2010, is commonly known as one-half of SANAA (alongside Ryue Nishizawa). This project, while seeking to celebrate Hokusai’s work, has also been designed as a cultural beacon. In this photoset, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to the new cultural landmark.


Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" (1830). Image via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" (1830). Image via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

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First Look at Kazuyo Sejima’s Sumida Hokusai Museum

In this photoset, Vincent Hecht takes his lens into the recently completed Sumida Hokusai Museum, designed by pritzker prize winner Kazuyo Sejima, one half of the acclaimed international firm SANAA. Located in the Tokyo neighborhood of Sumida, the 4-story, angular structure will house a collection of over 1800 works by world-renowned ukiyo-e woodblock painter Katsushika Hokusai, who lived in Sumida over 200 years ago.

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