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