Current Exhibitions

  • July 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017

The Japanese House : Architecture and Life after 1945

Having been favorably received in Rome and London, the traveling exhibition opens in Tokyo at last!

Sou Fujimoto, House NA, 2011 © Iwan Baan

    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.

 

Installation view in MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, 2016 ©Simona Ferrari, Courtesy of Atelier Bow-Wow

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Catalog

Location:
Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery

Date:
July 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Time:
10:00-17:00( Friday and Saturday is 10:00-21:00 )
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing.

Closed:
Mondays (except September 18 and October 9, 2017 );
September 19 and October 10, 2017

Admission:
Adults ¥1,200 (¥900 )
College and university students ¥800 (¥500 )

* Including the admission fee for MOMAT Collection. Offer valid only on the same day.
*The price in brackets is for the group of 20 persons or more.
*All prices include tax.
*Free for high school students, under 18.
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Discounts:
Evening Discount
(From 5:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Adults ¥1,000
College and university students ¥700
* Not valid in combination with other discount.

Repeat Discount
Adults ¥500
College and university students ¥250

* Not valid in combination with other discount. Repeat Discount requires a used ticket.
Organizers:
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The Japan Foundation

Co-producers:
MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome
The Barbican Centre

Sponsored by:
Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.

Cooperation by:
TOYOTA HOME TOKYO Co., LTD.
MISAWA HOMES CO., LTD.
Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.
Japan Airlines
Kawakami Sangyo Co., Ltd.

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September 25, 2017 (Mon)