Clean lines. Natural light. Pristine shades of white. Imagine being able to see the works of some of today's most acclaimed Japanese architects all in one space. Well, MoMA in New York is prepping for such an exhibition called "A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond" that's opening on March 13, 2016. Mark those calendars!
Organized by MoMA's former Curator of Contemporary Architecture Pedro Gadanho with Phoebe Springstubb, Curatorial Assistant of MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design, the retrospective focuses on Pritzker Prize laureates Toyo Ito and SANAA's Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, whose influential bodies of work have helped spawn three generations of contemporary Japanese architects since the 1990s. Be on the lookout for a collection of drawings, models, and images from Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, Junya Ishigami, and more.
Scroll down to learn more about the exhibition and some featured works.
"Displaying models, drawings, and images of more than 40 architectural designs, the exhibition highlights the renewed prominence and innovation of contemporary architecture from Japan since the 1990s. 'A Japanese Constellation' presents a survey of architectural production since 2000, and reveals a network of influence and cross-pollination that has become particularly relevant at the start of the 21st century."
"Departing from one of Ito’s pivotal works, the Sendai Mediatheque, completed in 2001 (and part of MoMA’s collection), as well as SANAA’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition is organized through intersecting spaces separated by translucent curtains on which multimedia presentations are projected. This layout echoes the different connections and levels of influence among the selected architects."
"With its idea of a network of luminaries at work, A Japanese Constellation is intended as a reflection on the transmission of an architectural sensibility, and suggests an alternative model to what has been commonly described as an individuality-based 'star-system' in contemporary architecture."
"Offering a panorama of established and up-and-coming architects, the exhibition reveals how shared architectural themes travel across generations of architects, creating a strong identity for a regional practice with global impact."
"As many of the featured architects have been involved in the reconstruction of Japan after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibition will also reflect how the architecture field is responding to current societal change with a combination of strong aesthetic positions and a commitment to users’ emotional needs."
"Given the experimental and avant-garde character of these architects’ work, the exhibition will confront the current role of architecture in a context in which mainstream practices are increasingly constrained by economic, legal, and functional considerations."
The exhibition will be open until July 4, 2016. More info here.
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