Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation
25 April – 17 September 2018
Mori Art Museum
Held in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Roppongi Hills and Mori Art Museum, this exhibition will shed light on the lineage of Japanese architecture since ancient times to today, through selected exhibits including architectural models, archival materials and interactive displays.
Ando Tadao Chapel on the Water (Hoshino Resort Tomamu)
1988 Hokkaido, Japan
Photo courtesy: Hoshino Resort Tomamu
From the Japanese tea house to modern edifices designed by the star architects, idiosyncratic architectural expressions have been molded out of tradition, syncretism and innovation that are set in both the natural environment and historical context of the country.
The exhibition, structured around nine themes, will delve into key aspects of Japanese architecture, such as aesthetics, nature, space, syncretism, the form, wood, craft, the roof and also, the “discovery” of Japan.
Kengo Kuma & Associates Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum
2010 Kochi Prefecture, Japan
Photo: Ota Takumi
What not-to-miss of “Japan in Architecture” exhibition
◆Full-Scale Replica of Sen no Rikyu’s “Tai-an”
The Tai-an is the oldest chashitu or Japanese tea house that has survived until today and designated as a National Treasure. This tea house located at Myoki-an Temple in Kyoto is attributed to the grand tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), who perfected “wabi-cha” or the Japanese art of tea. The Tai-an is a spatial expression of “wabi”, the aesthetics that bores the austere mark of zen in the pursuit of simplicity and quietude, eliminating superfluous elements and conventions.
Sen no Rikyu, attributed to
Tai-an Tea House (National Treasure)
Azuchi-Momoyama period (16th century) / 2018 (Replicated real-size)
Replica production: Institute of Technologists
* Referential image
◆1/3-scale model of Kenzo Tange residence
Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) was a prominent architect who directed major national projects in postwar Japan, including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (1954), Tokyo Olympic Games (1964) and the Osaka World Expo (1970), to name just a few. For Tange, “the beautiful things alone are functional”. He reinterpreted ancient Japanese architecture to open a new horizon while designing his residence, which no longer exists today.
◆New video installations by Rhizomatiks Architecture
Ryzomatics Architecture, a group of creators led by Seiichi Saito, presents interactive video installations with regard to some of the best known examples of old and contemporary Japanese architecture, including the Nakagin Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurokawa (1934 – 2007).
Rhizomatiks Architecture Power of Scale
◆Special exhibits to attest to Japan’s architectural history
An Edo-period (17th – 19th centuries) secret manuscript passed down to master carpenters, a chaise long made with straws designed in 1940 by Charlotte Perriand (1903 -1999, French architect and designer) to improve the life of farmers in the northern region of Japan and other special materials will highlight moments of Japanese architectural history.
Frank Lloyd Wright Main Entrance, Imperial Hotel
Photo courtesy: Imperial Hotel, Ltd.
Kobayashi Kiyochika Snow at Kaiunbashi Bridge and First National Bank
Heisei edition Large Nishiki-e (wood engraving print)
Collection: Shimizu Corporation, Tokyo
◆Book lounge appointed with modernist furniture
At the lounge you may actually take a seat on a piece of modernist furniture, while leisurely browsing reference books.
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