21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, by SANAA
© SANAA/Courtesy MoMA 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, by SANAA

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. 

Nishinoyama House, by Kazuyo Sejima
© Kazuyo Sejima & Associates/Courtesy MoMA Nishinoyama House, by Kazuyo Sejima

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. 

Sendai Mediatheque, by Toyo Ito & Associates
© Naoya Hatakeyama/Courtesy MoMA Sendai Mediatheque, by Toyo Ito & Associates

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.

Panel discussion with Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami, moderated by Jeffrey Inaba and Kenneth Frampton, held at Columbia University's GSAPP on March 8, 2016.
Courtesy Columbia GSAPP Panel discussion with Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami, moderated by Jeffrey Inaba and Kenneth Frampton, held at Columbia University's GSAPP on March 8, 2016.


Foam Form, by Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office and Kuramochi + Oguma
© Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office and Kuramochi + Oguma/Courtesy MoMA Foam Form, by Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office and Kuramochi + Oguma


Teshima Art Museum, by Ryue Nishizawa
© Office of Ryue Nishizawa/Courtesy MoMA Teshima Art Museum, by Ryue Nishizawa


Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, by Junya Ishigami + Associates
© Junya Ishigami + Associates/Courtesy MoMA Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, by Junya Ishigami + Associates

"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: