The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
The National Museum of Modern Art
3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322, Japan
This exhibition is a spectacular attempt to introduce 75 houses by 56 groups of Japanese architects through more than 400 materials including models, plans, photographs and videos. It is structured thematically rather than chronologically to facilitate a deeper understanding of characteristics of Japanese houses. The show opens in Tokyo at last, after having traveled to Rome and London since the autumn of 2016.
Exhibition at a Glance
The exhibition introduces 75 houses by 56 groups of Japanese architects through more than 400 materials including models, plans, photographs and videos. It is structured around thirteen themes rather than chronologically, in an attempt to examine houses that everyone is familiar with from various viewpoints including history, society, location, environment, and personal ties.
Focusing on the postwar years that saw drastic changes in the conditions for housing construction, it presents houses designed by architects at an unprecedented scale. It offers a rich collection of Japanese houses by architects up to the present.
The architects will include Jun Aoki, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tadao Ando, Osamu Ishiyama, Toyo Ito, Kumiko Inui, Kiyonori Kikutake, Kengo Kuma, Kazunari Sakamoto, Kazuo Shinohara, Seiichi Shirai, Kiyoshi Seike, Kazuyo Sejima, Kenzo Tange, Ryue Nishizawa, Itsuko Hasegawa, Go Hasegawa, Hiromi Fujii, Sou Fujimoto, Terunobu Fujimori, Riken Yamamoto, Takamasa Yoshizaka, Junzo Yoshimura and Antonin Raymond. The exhibition features works of many important architects in the history of Japanese architecture.
The show includes a real-size model that visitors can actually get inside. One of the masterpieces of Japanese housing construction that is said to have been highly valued by Walter Gropius, Professor Saito’s House (Kiyoshi Seike, 1952, nonextant) is reproduced with some original furnitures.
This exhibition garnered high praise at MAXXI, National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome in 2016, and at the Barbican Centre in London in March 2017. In 2017 many architecture exhibitions will be held in Japan including this one, attracting raising attention to architecture.