New York | A constellation of Japanese architects at MoMA

Place: New York, Country: United States
Exhibition curator: Pedro Gadanho
MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
from March 13 to July 31, 2016
Text by Federica Lusiardi
Images courtesy of MoMA


A constellation of Japanese architects – exhibition at MoMA

From March 13 through July 31, 2016, the MoMA – Museum of Modern Art in New York features an architecture exhibition evocatively entitled “A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond”.

Conceived by Pedro Gadanho, former curator of contemporary architecture at the MoMA and currently director of the MAAT in Lisbon, the exhibition focuses on the career by the acclaimed Japanese architects Toyo Ito and SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), as well as on the influence that their work and vision have had and are still having on three generations of Japanese architects.

Therefore, the work by a selection of architects, which comprises Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa (Sanaa), Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami, will be depicted in the exhibition through drawings, scale models, and pictures related to over 40 architectural designs.

cover image: Ryue Nishizawa. Teshima Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan. 2004–10. © Office of Ryue Nishizawa 


Akihisa Hirata. Foam Form, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Project. 2011. © Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office and Kuramochi + Oguma

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Toyo Ito. Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall, Gifu, Japan. 2004–06. © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects


Toyo Ito & Associates, Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995–2001, Model: acrylic, 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the architect in honor of Philip Johnson.

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Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995–2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama

“A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond” will be subdivided into sections, dedicated to each of the various architects portrayed, that will be enclosed by semi-transparent partitions on which images and videos will be displayed, thus making comparisons and revealing influences and connections among them.

A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond
March 13 to July 4, 2016
MoMA – the Museum of Modern Art
New York City

All images courtesy of MoMA


Kazuyo Sejima. House in a Plum Grove, Tokyo. 1999–2004. © Kazuyo Sejima & Associates


Ryue Nishizawa. Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan. 2005–08. © Office of Ryue Nishizawa


Sou Fujimoto. House NA, Tokyo, 2007–11. © Iwan Baan 


Toyo Ito. Tod’s Omotesando Building, Tokyo. 2002–04. © Nacása & Partners Inc.

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