"Global Ends: Towards the Beginning" Exhibition
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GALLERY・MA began its activities in 1985 as a cultural arm of TOTO Ltd. Since then, we have held 133 exhibitions as a unique gallery devoted to architecture and design. In November of this year, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of our founding, we will take the first steps toward a new era by changing our name from GALLERY・MA to TOTO GALLERY・MA and launching a new TOTO GALLERY・MA Planning and Management Committee comprising Tadao Ando (special advisor), Waro Kishi, Hiroshi Naito, Kenya Hara, and Tokujin Yoshioka.
As the first exhibition plan by this new Planning and Management Committee, we will hold "GLOBAL ENDS---towards the beginning," the 25th anniversary commemorative exhibition featuring seven invited architectural practices active in seven different locales around the world---Tokyo, Melbourne (Australia), Madeira Islands (Portugal), Santiago (Chile), Seattle (United States), Singapore, and Olot (Spain). Rather than subscribing to homogeneous currents of globalism, these architects' practices are rooted in local regions, cultures, and environments. This exhibition seeks to illustrate the dormant potential of architecture found at the "ends of the earth", so to speak.
For this exhibition, we have invited Ken Tadashi Oshima (architectural historian, associate professor, University of Washington) to be guest curator. Dr. Oshima, as a keen observer of architectural trends around the world, will also serve as chair and moderator at the two-day symposium to be held from the opening day of the exhibition, when the seven architects will talk about their respective regions, cultures, thoughts, and practices and share their common values.
The current age is calling for us to break away from the uniformity brought on by modernism to pursue diverse paradigms and to question their meanings. What are the underlying values at the "GLOBAL ENDS" that this exhibition will attempt to show? What strength do they have in the world? What influences do they exert? Through this project, we sincerely hope these new architectural values will take hold at this threshold of the twenty-first century.
The 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Toto Gallery MA