Marcel Breuer’s Furniture: Improvement for Good

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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Marcel Breuer’s “Club Chair B3,” also known as “Wassily chair,” was first shown in 1925 when the artist was still just twenty-three years old. Lacking cushions and pompous upholstering, it renovated the traditional ponderous image of chairs. Prior to exhibiting the chair, Breuer had clearly identified a new direction with his design work: to focus on function rather than the formal and ornamental elements that dominated traditional styles. The idea was considered to be the most important design principle in the effort to integrate industry and arts that was advocated by Bauhaus, the German design school where Breuer studied at that time. It was human beings that were central to the function on which Breuer focused. For him, the only purpose of modern design was to create design rooted in human instinct. This is the key to understanding why his furniture design never ceased evolving while minor improvements were continuously made.

Focusing on the differences between versions of Breuer’s furniture design, this exhibition presents forty pieces from collections in Japan and overseas. Although he extended his creative sphere beyond furniture to architecture following the war, the essence of Breuer’s design is condensed in his furniture.



from 3月 03, 2017 to 5月 07, 2017
Open until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays from Mar. 25 to Apr. 9.


Marcel Breuer



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