Japanese Architecture Spotlighted at the Mori Art Museum

23.06.2018

Courtesy of Mori Art Museum

Guarded by a Louise Bourgeois Maman—a giant sculpture in spider form created by the cult French artist—the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi is impressive from the outset. Yet once inside the quality of the programming is even more spectacular.

From April 25 through September 17, the institution is to host the exhibition Japan in Architecture, retracing the genealogy and the evolutions of Japanese architecture. With a ceaseless drive towards renewal and progress by an impetuous nature, the island nation perpetually sets itself the task of proving its creativity and rigorous reinvention. From wood to concrete, the Mori museum retraces the past and the present of Japanese urbanism in order to better speculate on the future.

While a number of exhibitors have gained international renown, the exhibition questions the ways in which, and the extent to which Japanese construction techniques might respond to the needs of heterogeneous regions. The exhibition will equally look at the idea of universality at the heart of this humble, yet progressive architectural tradition as a template to be reproduced.

Courtesy of Mori Art Museum

Courtesy of Mori Art Museum

Courtesy of Mori Art Museum

Courtesy of Mori Art Museum