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Invitation to Ex-Noguchi Room: Preservation and Utilization of Cultural Properties in Universities――旧ノグチ・ルームへの招待:大学における文化財の保存と活用

Learn how to preserve, restore and utilize the cultural properties in universities—a case study from Keio University, Tokyo.

Invitation to Ex-Noguchi Room: Preservation and Utilization of Cultural Properties in Universities――旧ノグチ・ルームへの招待:大学における文化財の保存と活用

文化財や芸術資源は、博物館や美術館に限らず様々な場所にあります。多くの大学にも芸術資源がありますが、貴重なものとして認識されず、活用されないでいることも少なくありません。あなたの大学ではいかがでしょうか。

このコースでは、慶應義塾大学が保有する文化財「旧ノグチ・ルーム」をケーススタディとして取り上げます。この建築空間はかつては大学が誇る文化財でしたが、いつしか価値が忘れられ、解体と部分的な移設によってオリジナルの姿を失ってしまいました。この経験を皆さんと共有しながら、大学における文化財の可視化と保存、活用の可能性について考えていきます。

なお、本コースは、イサム・ノグチ財団および庭園美術館(NY)および公益財団法人イサム・ノグチ日本財団のご理解とご協力をいただき開講しています。

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds We live surrounded not only by works of art, but also by monuments, architecture, and other cultural properties. These should have cultural and historical value, but, for various reasons, it’s not unusual for them to be destroyed. I’m Yohko Watanabe from Keio University Art Center (KUAC). In this course, we consider the preservation and inheritance of cultural properties by examining a concrete example. At the Art Center, we preserve and restore the cultural properties of Keio University. These activities are essential for the inheritance of cultural properties. In addition, there is also a need to promote and share values. We will be considering that, no matter how valuable a cultural property is, it is difficult for it to be preserved without these activities.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds We will use this space where I am standing, formerly called the “Noguchi Room” as an example, and Mr. Niikura and Ms. Kirishima from the Art Center, will introduce you to its history and such activities. The Noguchi Room was a common room in a professor’s office building on the Mita Campus. This room was a collaboration between the sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the architect Yoshiro Taniguchi. It was spatial art achieved through close interrelationships between architecture, sculpture, and a garden. However, this space with high artistic value was dismantled. The original concept was a beautiful unity, but we were reluctantly forced to dismantle and reconstruct the room in a different place.

Skip to 1 minute and 47 seconds The space formerly known as the Noguchi Room is no longer in its original condition, but items like furniture and interior decorations by Isamu Noguchi still exist in their original form, and their artistic value has not been lost. What about this current architectural space, now known as the “Ex-“Noguchi Room? How can we actively use it, and make the most of it in education? The example you will see in this course should be good intellectual stimulation for those considering how to increase the visibility of cultural properties in the context of a university, and preserve/use architectural cultural properties. While tracing the history of the Noguchi Room, we will consider together the topic of cultural property preservation and use.

What topics will you cover?

慶應義塾大学三田キャンパスにある様々な文化財を紹介し、特に「ノグチ・ルーム」と呼ばれていた彫刻家イサム・ノグチ(1904-88)と建築家谷口吉郎(1904-79)のコラボレーションで実現した談話室について、その制作の背景について学びます。

ノグチ・ルーム(現在は一部のみ移設され、「旧ノグチ・ルーム」と呼ばれる)は、文化財の価値が大学関係者に十分理解されていなかったことから、残念なことに解体され、一部のみ移設という形になってしまいました。その経緯を辿りながら、大学における文化財の価値共有の問題について考えていきます。

現在、移設後の「旧ノグチ・ルーム」では、アート・センターと大学当局が連携し、文化財保存の専門家と協力しながら保存のための活動を行なっています。この事例を通して、大学における文化財をどのように保存していくべきなのか議論していきます。

ノグチ・ルームをモデルケースとして、慶應義塾大学の文化財利用におけるガイドラインを紹介し、大学の中にある文化財を、保存とのバランスをとりながらどのように活用していくかについて一緒に考えていきます。

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • 慶應義塾大学三田キャンパスの文化財に触れる。
  • 旧ノグチ・ルームがどのように成立したかを理解する。
  • 大学における文化財の保存について、保存修復の実践例から理解を深める。
  • 「旧ノグチ・ルーム」の利用ルールについて理解し実践できるようになる。
  • 大学や私たちの身の回りにある文化財のより良い活用方法を考える。
  • 文化財、特に建築物に対してどう扱うべきかについての技術と知識を身につける。
  • 文化財の活用に関する実践的なガイドラインを学び、文化財活用のアイデアを得る。

Who is the course for?

このコースは、大学が保有する文化財、歴史的建築物に興味のある方を対象にしています。保存とのバランスを取りながら活用していきたいと考えている皆さんにとって有用なコースです。また、文化財を日常的に扱う学芸員や、歴史的建築物の保存に携わっている方にも、興味を持っていただける内容になっています。慶應義塾大学の「旧ノグチ・ルーム」の利用を検討している方は受講を推奨します。

Who will you learn with?

Formerly a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, I’m a professor and curator at the Keio University Art Center. I head the “Exploring Japanese Avant-garde Art Through Butoh Dance” course.

I’m a curator of Keio University Art Center and one of the educators of the “Invitation to Ex-Noguchi Room”. My speciality is art history, especially about modern architecture and Italian Renaissance.

Formerly an assistant curator at the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Art, I’m a curator at the Keio University Art Center and an educator of the “Invitation to Ex-Noguchi Room “ course.

Who developed the course?

Keio University

Keio University is Japan’s first modern institution of higher learning, and since 1858 has established itself as a leader in Japan through its continued commitment to education, research and medicine.

  • Established1858
  • LocationTokyo, Japan
  • World rankingTop 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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