“Japan-ness. Architecture and urbanism in Japan since 1945” at Centre Pompidou-Metz

According to the architect Arata Isozaki, Japanese architecture sets itself apart by the immutability of certain values and by an identity that architects have constantly reinterpreted over the centuries. He characterises this distinctiveness, the common theme of the exhibition, with the expression “Japan-ness”.

 

Junya ISHIGAMI, Atelier KAIT, Institut de technologie de Kanagawa, 2008 © Junya ISHIGAMI © Shokokusha Photographer

Junya ISHIGAMI, Atelier KAIT, Institut de technologie de Kanagawa, 2008 © Junya ISHIGAMI © Shokokusha Photographer

 

The exhibition is based on Centre Pompidou collection, enriched with works and models from architects’ studios, designers, Japanese museums and private collections. This body of works, exhibited for the first time on this scale in Europe, provides a better understanding of the profusion and richness of Japanese architecture and urban design.  (more…)

‘Japanese architectures in Paris 1867-2017’ at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Through seventy emblematic projects, the exhibition “Japanese Architecture in Paris, 1867-2017” explores the history and present of the Grand Paris project through the prism of a dialogue between two cultures that began 150 years ago.

 

64, rue Pierre-Rebière, Paris. Atelier Bow Wow,  Brunnquell & André, architectes. Paris Habitat-Oph, work management 2006-2012©David Boureau

64, rue Pierre-Rebière, Paris. Atelier Bow Wow, Brunnquell & André, architectes. Paris Habitat-Oph, work management 2006-2012 © David Boureau

 

Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris has just inaugurated its latest exhibition on Japanese architecture, this time focusing on the influence and works of Japanese architects in the city of Paris. Featuring both built and unbuilt projects, the exhibition displays photographs, drawing, renderings and a comprehensive selection of models in order to draw the picture of 150 years of cultural exchange.

The exhibition’s opening was highlighted by the presence of many of the protagonist contemporary artists themselves, such as Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Tadao Ando and Kazuyo Sejima.  (more…)

Norberto Gil’s “The Accurate Limit” of Kyoto’s Katsura Villa

Galería Estampa in Madrid is holding an exhibition of Gil’s latest works: a series of paintings in which the artist’s overimposed planes of colour describe the interiors of the Katsura Villa, the Japanese Imperial Family’s famous palace in Kyoto.

 

Divisiones, 2016. Acrílico sobre papel. 152 x 100 cm. © Galeria Estampa

Divisiones, 2016. Acrílico sobre papel. 152 x 100 cm. © Galeria Estampa

 

The Galería Estampa gallery in Madrid is showing an exhibition of Spanish artist Norberto Gil’s latest work –  a series of paintings of the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. Gil’s work is geometrical, minimalist and colourful, transforming spaces and vistas into sophisticated overlapping planes of colour.

In this series of paintings of the Katsura Villa, the visitor can witness a sort of transfiguration of the actual spaces in the villa thanks to the artist’s personal approach, inspired by the work of Kazimir Malevich as well as other artists of the avant-garde. (more…)