Jun Itami "Vestigial Impressions"

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Born to Korean parents and raised in Japan, Itami's identity was shaped by both cultures as he evolved a body of work based on his unique creative vision, and "vestigial impressions" to elevate architecture to the level of art. Known for architectural spaces imbued with a powerful presence realized through a masterful use of materials, such as India Ink House (1975), a notable work from his early years, and Church of Stone (1991), Itami then expanded his field of activities in Korea with a series of resort development projects on Jeju Island, beginning with the completion of a golf facility in 1998 and eventually leading to his involvement in a lodging facility, church, museum, and housing complex. Displaying even greater artistic maturity, these later projects led to acclaim both in Japan and internationally, and earned Itami such honors as the French Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier) in 2005, the Kim Swoo Guen Prize in 2006, and the Togo Murano Award in 2010.

In this exhibition, we introduce 24 of Itami's works, stretching from his debut effort, Mother's House (1971), to a posthumous project that is currently underway in Korea. In addition to models and photographs, we present a large number of the architect's (known for his fondness for hand-drawn work) original sketches and drawings, a video interview, and his favorite desk as we trace these "vestigial impressions."

A symposium will also be presented in conjunction with the exhibition on May 17 (Thu). Promising to shed light on Itami's imagination and work with a series of largely unknown anecdotes, the participants will include the architectural historians Riichi Miyake, known for his global perspective on the architecture and art world, and Shunsuke Kurakata, an up-and-coming critic noted for his brilliant discussions of contemporary architecture; and two architects who are carrying on Itami's legacy: Yoo Ehwa, Itami's oldest daughter and Korea-based architectural collaborator, and Toshiharu Tanaka, the director of Itami Jun Architects.

[Image: Jun Itami, "Church of Sky" (2009) Jeju, Korea © Shinichi Sato]

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From 2012-04-17 To 2012-06-23

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Jun Itami

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