previews

  • “Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation”

    Mori Art Museum
    6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F
    April 25 - September 17

    Curated by Fumio Nanjo, Naotake Maeda, Hirokazu Tokuyama, Shunsuke Kurakata, Ken Tadashi Os

    Organized along nine themes, including nature, craft, and space, this ambitious exhibition examines continuities between Japan’s ancient building culture and the Japanese architectural profession today. The wide-ranging show features drawings, models, and photographs of works that span the past hundred years alongside historical models and carpentry manuals from the Edo and Meiji periods. Noteworthy are replicas of two well-known yet elusive structures that present a view of modern Japan infused with images of the past: Kenzō Tange’s house from 1953 and Taian, a teahouse associated with the sixteenth-century tea master Sen no Rikyū and championed in the twentieth century by modernists who viewed it as encapsulating a uniquely Japanese aesthetic. Providing plenty of historical background, the show seeks to explain the enduring appeal of Japanese architecture to the world and its success as a major center of international modernism.