en: Art of Nexus - Homecoming Exhibition of the Japan Pavilion from the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition

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The original “en—art of nexus” exhibition presented at the Japan Pavilion in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (May 28 – November 27, 2016) put the spotlight on 12 groups of architects born after 1975 and lucidly presented the work that they have been engaging in during these difficult times under the three themes of “The en of People,” “The en of Things” and “The en of Locality.” The exhibition struck a chord with visitors from around the world and was awarded a Special Mention.
After sprinting down the path of modernization to match stride with the Western world in the belief it was making progress, seeing its period of rapid economic growth come to an end, and experiencing the disastrous events of March 11, 2011, Japan now stands at a major turning point at which each and every architect needs to ask themselves once again what architecture must strive to achieve in today’s society. The architects featured in this exhibition have been creating new architectural value by meticulously giving form to the small, intimate stories woven through people’s relationships with others and their localities. The presented projects have emerged from a background strongly influenced by a flexible wood-based culture distinct to Asia and disparate from Europe’s rigid stone-based culture that gave rise to modernism. Every one of them can be seen as reflecting the supple fortitude of their architects, who are striving to establish their own unique positions by pushing the possibilities of architecture.
The homecoming exhibition will introduce the work being born from the fresh sensibilities of the young exhibitors by building on the original exhibition shown in Venice. It will also show what the architects have been working on since the Biennale with new exhibits such as movies and models. The exhibition and its complementing symposium and gallery talks aim to provide an outlook on the role of architecture and architects in the coming age.

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Homecoming Exhibition of the Japan Pavilion from the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Anniversary Symposium
Date: Feb. 16 (Fri), 18:00-20:30 (doors open 17:00)
Venue: Kenchiku Kaikan Hall, Architectural Institute of Japan, 5-26-20 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Moderators: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Architect / Atelier Bow-Wow, Professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School), Yoshiyuki Yamana (Architect, Professor of the Tokyo University of Science; Exhibition Director)
Panelists: Fumihiko Maki (Architect / Maki and Associates), Osamu Nishida (Architect / ON design partners), Yuri Naruse (Architect / Naruse Inokuma Architects), Fuminori Nousaku (Architect / Nousaku Architects), Satoru Ito (Architect / BUS, Satoru Ito Architects)
Capacity: 350
Admission: Free (online booking required)
*Event in Japanese.
*Please see the official website for further details.



from January 24, 2018 to March 18, 2018



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