New York

Tadao Ando

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Tadao Ando is part of a small, distinguished roster of modern architects, including Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, who had no formal architectural education but went on to conceive and build some of the most innovative and influential buildings of the 20th century. His subtly orchestrated projects are characterized by spartan interiors, dramatic lighting, the use of tough materials, and daring siting. Thus far, Ando has worked only in his native Japan, but his growing renown will undoubtedly generate international projects.

Ando’s buildings were the principal subject of this exhibition, but the architect was also responsible for the design of the elaborate presentation of his work at the museum. Though his architecture is characterized by restraint and distillation, the exhibition concept was pompous and overproduced. Indeed, his understated architecture barely survived the extravagances

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