Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Japanese Architecture Exhibition at Centre Pompidou Metz in France

Fig.2 DumbType, S/N, Performance photo: Yoko Takatani

The Japanese architecture exhibition at Centre Pompidou Metz in France, “Japan-ness: Architecture and urbanism in Japan since 1945” is the first large-scale exhibition in Europe that surveys Japanese architectural history from postwar to present day through the works of 118 Japanese architects and artists.

Takeshi Hosaka, Restaurant Hoto Fudo,
Fujikawaguchiko, 2009© Takeshi Hosaka Architects
© Nacasa & Partners Inc. / Koji Fuji
Japan-ness is a concept presented by Arata Isozaki in his 2003 book “Japan-ness in Architecture.” Isozaki defines Japan-ness as the unchanging values and reinterpretation symbolized in the periodic rebuilding of Ise Shrine. Japan-ness accepted and transformed the Western modernism that flooded into Japan, which gave rise to postwar Japanese modern architecture.

Postwar Architectural History
The exhibition displays original models of large-scale buildings by Kenzo Tange representative of their era such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Yoyogi National Gymnasium built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the pavilions for the Osaka Expo, as well as numerous urban planning models that never materialized. Residential plans reveal how new ideas and materials solved problems that arose from population growth and population density in urban areas.

Fig.1 Tadanori Yokoo, Motorcycle, 2002 (1966),
Peinture acrylique sur toile, 53 x 45,5 cm
Shun Kurokochi
Japanese Season: Three Exhibitions
Preceding the “Japonism 2018” cultural events that will be held in France to commemorate the 160th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Centre Pompidou Metz in France presents “Japanese Season,” three comprehensive exhibitions introducing Japanese culture and arts. Beginning with the architecture exhibit “Japan-ness. Architecture and urbanism in Japan since 1945” which opened in September, “Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970” introduces Japan’s modern art and visual arts from around the time of the 1970 Osaka Expo (Fig. 1), and in January of next year, “Dumb Type. Extra-Sensory Odyssey” presents for the first time in France Dumb Type, the artists who have gathered global acclaim in visual, sound and performance art (Fig 2).

Centre Pompidou Metz
1 Parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme
57020 Metz
Opening Hours (from 1st November to 31 March):
Wednesday to Monday 10:00-18:00
Opening Hours (1st April to 31 October):
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  10:00-18:00
Friday to Sunday 10:00-19:00

Monday, 2 October 2017

A Retrospective Exhibition Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the House of Dior

© Emma Summerton for “Christian Dior Designer of Dreams”

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior with an exhibition from July 5th to January 1st, 2018. For the first time, some 300 haute couture gowns will be brought together with fabrics from the atelier, fashion photographs and several hundred archival items, including illustrations, sketches, letters, memorandums and advertisements.

The “New Look” that Changed Fashion
Christian Dior has been a central figure of 20th century fashion since he launched the “New Look” of his 1947 spring/summer collection. A feminine silhouette comprised of an exaggerated hourglass shaped bust and waist combined with a billowing skirt characterized the “New Look.” Dior had managed to overturn the masculine fashion of strong and stoic silhouettes that dominated the era still facing the deep scars of World War II.

The Spirit of Beauty that Flows Through the House of Dior
Christian Dior was also a collector of art nouveau works, and his pieces emanate the aesthetics and designs of his gowns. Dior’s profound insights into art have been handed down to the six artistic directors who followed him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and today’s Maria Grazia Chiuri. By following the chronologically arranged exhibition from 1947 to 2017, visitors will witness the spirit and legacy of Christian Dior through the decades and the global distinction of the fashion house that is a symbol of France.

“Christian Dior, couturier du rêve ” Exhibition until January 7, 2018 (Closed on Mondays)

Musée des Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Opening hours:
Tue to Sun 11:00-18:00 (until 21:00 on Thursdays for Temporary Exhibitions only)