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Kiyonori Kikutake, Marine City 1963, ca. 1985. Model. From “Metabolism: City in the Future.”

“Metabolism: City in the Future”

Mori Art Museum

Kiyonori Kikutake, Marine City 1963, ca. 1985. Model. From “Metabolism: City in the Future.”

This exhibition is the first ever to provide a comprehensive overview of Metabolism, the internationally acclaimed Japanese avant-garde architectural movement of the 1960s. With a spectacular installation of more than five hundred objects and documents representing some eighty projects, it provides plural contexts for interpreting the movement. The exhibition’s main thesis is that Metabolism inherited the “nation-building” spirit from prewar land-development projects and postwar reconstruction plans for Japanese cities, including Kenzo Tange and others’ master plan for Hiroshima and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in 1955. This primarily suggests Metabolism’s renewed relevance for the restoration of Japanese national life after the Tohoku earthquake of last March, though the generous showing of primary materials also offers many alternative ways of understanding Metabolism’s

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