Bruno Taut "From Alps Architecture to Katsura Detached Palace"

Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art

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The ideas and principals of German architect Bruno Taut (1880-1938), who is known for having 'rediscovered' the Katsura Detached Palace, have recently been regaining attention.

Not long ago, Berlin renovated Siedlungen, an area of pre-war housing estates that were designed by Taut. Following this major redevelopment, the large spaces of Siedlungen have become the focus of the city's attention as a new area for the young middle class to move into and the area will be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In Japan, Taut designed the Hyuga Villa, the elegant interior of which, with its wine-red silk walls, has been a huge hit. Taut's travelogues of Japan, 'Nippon' and 'Views on Japanese Culture', are still considered to be excellent guidebooks on Japanese culture for the Japanese people.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Taut envisioned a Utopia with three aspects: daily life, social life, and pure spiritual life. He arrived in Japan in 1933 and experienced Japanese traditions and aethetics through many creators and craftsmen. This exhibition answers the question: What kind of impact did this have on Taut's philosphy? 170 of Taut's works have been collected from 8 places in Germany and 6 places in Japan for this exhibition, and the exhibition's display will be categorized by the three concepts below:

Part One: The role of art 'Utopia of architectural art'
Part Two: Nature and art 'Bruno Taut and his Japanese friends'
Part Three: Elegant lifestyle 'Hyuga house and crafts'

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From 2007-02-03 To 2007-05-27


Bruno Taut



Yuya Suzuki tablog review

ブルーノ・タウト 「アルプス建築から桂離宮へ」


snize: (2007-04-24 at 15:04)


frf_momo36: (2007-05-15 at 23:05)


donald_japantimes: (2007-05-17 at 12:05)

Japan Times Art Brief
By Ashley Rawlings

Taut spent some of the last decade of his life in Japan, and his love of the country's culture can be felt clearly in his small, contemplative ink drawings of Mount Fuji and Matsushima Bay ...

northeast: (2007-05-20 at 16:05)


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