"Before Architecture, After Architecture" Exhibition

Tomio Koyama Gallery

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The "Before Architecture, After Architecture" will be held at Tomio Koyama Gallery from August 1st to the 29th. This exhibition will represent four individuals and one firm, namely, Kiyonori Kikutake, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa and Sanaa. It will mainly show drawings and models made by these Japanese architects. Most of the displayed works are of projects that are unrealized or in process of being organized. These drawings and models created by the architects during the designing process construct virtual reality of non-existing architecture and space, so in that sense they are "yet-to-be architecture". This exhibition tries to pursue the symbolic possibilities and various development of this "yet-to-be architecture".

Kiyonori Kikutake will show a concept sketch and model of Marine City that he has been working on since the 1950s. Contemplating on future human environment, Kikutake has realized what he calls the "floating marine city", which surmounts the ordinary architectural concept, on the border of technology projected from each era to the future. In this show, we will investigate the changes of an architect's imagination by looking at the drawings of "Marine City 1958" as a starting point, through to "Linear Marine City" created in 1993.

Toyo Ito will display some drawings and models from competition on New Deichman Main Library in Oslo, Norway, that took place this spring. Ito's designing process is largely based on consensus. He presents words that become a conceptual core, and through many group discussions, invisible ideas are directed and given shape. This process is quite enchanting. The sketches and notes made by Ito lead this voyage without a map to its final destination.
Kazuyo Sejima will show a model of "Inujima Art Project" that is in the process of being built in Inujima, Okayama Prefecture. Ryue Nishizawa will present models of "Garden & House" that is in the process of being built in Tokyo, and "t-project", a museum that is planned to be built on Teshima, Kagawa Prefecture. Finally, Sanna by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa will introduce a model of "EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Rolex Learning Center". During their designing process, a great number of study models are made in order to explore the spatial variation that are impossible to verbalize or conceptualize. These static models are a physical document of designing process that may seem to metamorphose on its own.

These four architects from different generations represent one kind of genealogy of Japanese architectural history after WWII. This exhibition will try to reexamine this genealogy from the past 50 years. Please come see the rich vision of internationally renowned architects that we could not otherwise see in the built architecture.

-Cross Talk by Kiyonori Kikutake + Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa
Date & Time: August 19th (Wed) 19:00-
Moderator: Fumiko Suzuki
Location: Tomio Koyama Gallery 7F
Fee: ¥1000
Capacity: 60 persons

-Cross Talk by Ryue Nishizawa + Akihisa Hirata + Sosuke Fujimoto
Date & Time: August 25th (Tue) 19:00-
Moderator: Ryuji Fujimura
Location: Taka Ishii Gallery
Fee: ¥1000
Capacity: 60 persons

-Talk by Tomio Ito
Date & Time: August 27th (Thu) 19:00-
Moderator: Yoshikuni Shirai (Casa Brutus associate editor)
Location: Tomio Koyama Gallery 7F
Fee: ¥1000
Capacity: 60 persons

Please email info@tomiokoyamagallery.com with the event title in the subject line and your name, mailing address and phone number in the body of the message. All talks are on first-come-first-served basis.



From 2009-08-01 To 2009-08-29

Opening Reception on 2009-08-01 from 18:00 to 20:00



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