The Inheritance and Evolution of Carpentry Techniques - Traditional Carpenters and Modernization

National Archives of Modern Architecture

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This event has ended.

※The exhibition period has been shortened. (Originally 2020/12/10–2021/2/21).

This year’s collection showcase, Traditional Carpenters and Modernization The Inheritance and Evolution of Carpentry Techniques is formatted in accordance with the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Held as part of the Japan Cultural Expo, the Architecture of Japan program encompasses three nearly contemporaneous exhibitions showcasing architectural models and related materials to illuminate the characteristics of Japan’s traditional culture of wooden architecture. While the exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum focuses on antiquity through the early modern period, and the one at the National Museum of Nature and Science concentrates on modern Japan, the National Archives of Modern Architecture ties the two together by visually capturing the reality of modernization as it was advanced through traditional techniques of wooden architecture during the period of transition between the early modern and the modern.

This exhibition focuses on three hereditary families of carpenters the Iwaki of Toyama Prefecture, the Kubota of Kagawa Prefecture, and the Uchida of Gifu Prefecture as examples of such craftsmen, using architectural materials such as the plans, sculptural designs, documents, correspondence, books of architectural techniques, and carpentry tools that they left behind to reveal the paths followed by each. In addition, the exhibition also looks at how their activities overlap with those of leading figures in the world of Japanese architecture such as Heizaemon Ito IX (1829-1913), Mitsumoto Oshima (1842-1925), Kiyoyoshi Kigo (1845-1907), and Chuta Ito (1867-1954).

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from December 10, 2020 to February 19, 2021
Closed on 12/29 to 1/3, 1/16, 1/17, 1/23, 1/24, 1/30, 1/31, 2/6, 2/7, 2/11, 2/13, 2/14.

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