Suntory Museum


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The Suntory Museum in Osaka is one of the best projects of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It explores the relationships between man, water, and architecture, a very important theme for him.

The museum was founded on November 3, 1994, with the support of Suntory, a Japanese producer of liquors. The cultural complex contains a gallery of art and design, an IMAX 3D cinema, a series of shops, and a restaurant. Each of these elements is positioned with regard to the waters of Osaka Bay and the natural environment. The museum extends towards the sea along a piazza that is 300 feet long and 120 feet deep.

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The exhibit space is divided in two parts. One part has an open plan for hosting temporary exibits. The other has more well-defined spaces for the works in the permanent collection. This part, known as the Gallery, boasts a collection of more than fifteen thousand works by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, and Cassandre.

Moleskine has produced two personalized versions of its legendary notebook for the Suntory Museum, one red and the other black.

The cover is embossed with a reproduction of the building's special architectural shape, while the inside has the museum's logo in gold letters.

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This exclusive object was first presented on the occasion of the museum's Picasso exhibit. Besides being a gift to the members of the museum, it is also available in the Suntory Museum Shop.

For further info:

 http://www.suntory.com

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