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Japanese star Kurokawa dies aged 73

Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, a key founder of the radical Metabolist Movement, has died aged 73

Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, a key founder of the radical Metabolist Movement, has died aged 73.

Kurokawa headed up Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates, and his major works include the National Ethnological Museum in Tokyo, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, the National Art Center in Tokyo, and a controversial extension to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Kurokawa ‘demonstrated his genius to open a new passage to architecture. He made distinguished achievements’.

Born in Nagoya in 1934, Kurokawa graduated from Kyoto University’s architecture department before earning a doctoral degree from Tokyo University under his mentor Kenzo Tange.

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