"Metabolism, The City of the Future" Exhibition
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Tange Kenzo and the Metabolists attempted to create a new vision for a new architecture and the city that would be in step with the rapid economic development taking place in postwar Japan. Half a century later, we ask the Metabolists who participated in that movement to discuss the architectural and social relevance of those activities today. How is their work back then linked with their work today? The Metabolists themselves and those who worked with them will give testimony as to the dynamism of the movement’s formative period and its subsequent development.
The exhibition is organized in four sections, plus the Metabolism Lounge.
Section 1: Birth of Metabolism
Section 2: Era of Metabolism
Section 3: From Space to Environment
Section 4: Global Metabolism
Metabolism Lounge - current ideas on future city models
Fancy joining the TAB team in heading to the Mori Art Museum wearing an original costume inspired by the Metabolism exhibition?
Looking back at the period of the Metabolists through the eyes of today
A review of “Metabolism, the City of the Future”, at the Mori Art Museum
書籍『Project Japan』世界先行発売を記念したトークイベントでの模様を中心に 現代から、メタボリストたちの時代を振り返る
"Historically significant and immensely timely", the Metabolism show at the Mori Art Museum is a exhilarating portal into another era, when the word "reconstruction" still carried aura and promise.
Read the full review here: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fa20110929a1.html
On the positive side, this is an incredible collection of significant and inspiring design. As others have noted, this view into the future-from-the-past is filled with vision, hope and wonderfully elegant architecture.
Sadly though (for a foreign visitor) the exhibition is terribly let down by a remarkable lack of English translations of the written explanations, notes, labels and other material alongside the architectural models and images.
Such written material constitutes a large proportion of what's on show and, missing out on all this content, I therefore felt both frustrated (that I couldn't discover more about the incredible designs and philosophy of their creators) and disappointed (that the Mori Museum, with such an international reputation, didn't make more effort to fill in such glaring gaps).
I'm not sure if it has been changed since @sherpa comment. The full metabolism is exhibition is bilingual. The notes on the wall, the explanation in the room, videos are subtitled in English, and there are even audio guides in English. There is also an exhibition catalog in English.
The exhibition goes through a lot of materials and if you really want to take the time to dive into all the material, you will need around 3 to 4 hours. It is rich. There is a lot of materials around models and projects realized or not realized, but not enough materials on the transition in between the sources of inspiration. We can see the Japanese architecture is used, the biology research, the anatomy of cells, the DNA etc, but the relation is not always clearly explicit.
a bit unrelated to this exhibition, but more and more as an international traveler, I wish the exhibition catalog would be on sale on a usb drive. I do not want to have books anymore. I want a simple html web site with all the exhibition on a USB key. No fancy flash program that would not work anymore in 5 years from now.