The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will open "A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond," an exhibition featuring contemporary Japanese architecture since 2000, on March 13. Pritzker Prize-winning architects Toyo Ito, Hon. FAIA, and SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) have provided inspiration for subsequent generations of Japanese architects and designers including Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami. A selection of 40 projects from these six architects, shown in models, drawings, and images, will highlight Japanese architectural innovation over the last decade and a half.
Curated by Pedro Gadanho, director of the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology in Lisbon, and Phoebe Springstubb, an assistant in the department of architecture and design for MoMA, the exhibition will include multimedia presentations projected onto translucent curtains that will divide spaces.
Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) held a panel discussion in advance of the exhibition opening, with the exhibitors speaking about their work in conversation with Jeffrey Inaba and Kenneth Frampton. Several of the architects involved in the discussion cited Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque—whose competition winning design included open floorplates supported by 13 irregularly shaped tube columns to withstand a 400-year earthquake, and which successfully resisted the Sendai earthquake on March 11, 2011—as inspiration for their subsequent works.
"A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond" runs from March 13, 2016 to July 4, 2016.
Watch press remarks on the exhibition in the video below: