“Woven” Jaroslav Fragner Gallery presents the latest works by Kengo Kuma & Associates

The exhibition, which was opened by Kengo Kuma himself, shows the architect’s approach to architecture: weaving together traditional Japanese building materials and modern technologies.

 

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

 

On Wednesday, October 5, one of the most notable contemporary architects visited Prague — Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect whose design for Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium was finally chosen for Tokyo 2020, delivered a lecture at Bethlehem Chapel and also participate in the opening of a monographic exhibition on his works at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery.


 

Practical information

“Kengo Kuma: Woven”
October 5 – November 20, 2016
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
Betlémské nám. 169/5a, Praha,
Czech Republic

 


Colleague architects Mamiya Tanaka from Kuma’s office and Elise Fauquemberge also participated in a student’s workshop from October 1 to 5, designing a pavilion that will be displayed during the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

 

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

 

The exhibition itself, named “woven” will be open from October 6 to November 20 at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prage. On display will be many panels and studio models of over 15 recent project from Kuma’s office (like the new FRAC Marseille, an educational and sports complex in Paris, a Centre for Performing Arts in Granada or a exhibition centre in Chartes).

 

Sunny Hill Japan, obchod, Tokio, 2013 © Daici Ano

Sunny Hill Japan, obchod, Tokio, 2013 © Daici Ano

GC Prostho Muzeum a vyzkumne centrum, Aichi, 2010 © Daici Ano

GC Prostho Muzeum a vyzkumne centrum, Aichi, 2010 © Daici Ano

 

“In his expressive design of architecture [Kengo Kuma] combines ancient Japanese tradition with modernity: elemental, natural materials complemented with the use of modern technologies. Thanks to the cooperation with FA-CTU and the Japanese embassy, we are glad to present the first exhibition in Central Europe on the work of this exceptional creator,”says Jaroslav Fragner Gallery’s Dan Merta.

 

Kulturni a turisticke centrum Asakusa, Tokio, 2012 © Takeshi Yamagishi

Kulturni a turisticke centrum Asakusa, Tokio, 2012 © Takeshi Yamagishi

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Stadium © Kengo Kuma

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Stadium © Kengo Kuma

 

The architect himself gave a small introduction on the opening day.  “We are planning to release architecture from being a box to being something woven. The 20th Century was an era of concrete, which transformed buildings into boxes that confined people to heavy and dark spaces. By the act of weaving, architecture comes close to clothes. A happy relationship between human bodies and buildings could be restored this way. The Czech are known for their beautiful lacework, so it is particularly significant for us to hold our exhibition about weaving in this country.”

 

Kengo_Kuma, Wind Eaves Pavilion, Taiwan

Kengo_Kuma, Wind Eaves Pavilion, Taiwan

Kengo_Kuma, Wind Eaves Pavilion, Taiwan

Kengo_Kuma, Wind Eaves Pavilion, Taiwan

 

The exhibition shows Kengo Kuma’s approach to architecture: working with traditional Japanese building materials and modern technologies, friendliness and helpfulness to users, drawing inspiration from the nature and specifications of the environment where the project will be implemented and suppressing any tendencies to a violent domination of the built object over the natural order of its surroundings.

 

"Woven" exhibition view © Jiri Straka

“Woven” exhibition view © Jiri Straka

"Woven" exhibition view © Jiri Straka

“Woven” exhibition view © Jiri Straka

"Woven" exhibition view © Jiri Straka

“Woven” exhibition view © Jiri Straka

"Woven" exhibition view © Jiri Straka

“Woven” exhibition view © Jiri Straka


 

News source: Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
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