Art And Culture

A Japanese Constellation

A Japanese ConstellationA Japanese Constellation

A new exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will focus on the works of Pritzker Architecture Prize winning architects Toyo Ito, and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, famous Tokyo-based architectural firm.

‘A Japanese Constellation’ will provide an overview of Ito’s 40-year career and his influence as mentor to an emerging generation of acclaimed Japanese architects, reported.

Displaying models, drawings, and images of more than 40 architectural designs, the show will highlight the prominence and innovation of contemporary architecture from Japan since the 1990s.

The presentation is organized through intersecting spaces separated by translucent curtains on which multimedia presentations are projected. This layout echoes the different connections and levels of influence among the selected architects. The exhibition presents a survey of architectural production since 2000, and reveals an intriguing and expanding network that has become particularly relevant.

Additionally, as many of the featured architects have been involved in the reconstruction of Japan after the March 2011 devastating earthquake and Tsunami, the exhibition encourages its viewers to consider how the design field is responding to current societal change.

Given the experimental and avant-garde nature of the architects’ work, the display confronts the current role of architecture in a context in which mainstream practices are increasingly constrained by economic, legal, and functional considerations.

The exhibition will run from March 13 to July 4.