The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.
The exhibition features over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects such as Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA) and Kenzo Tange, to exciting gures little known outside of Japan including Osamu Ishiyama, Kazunari Sakamoto and Kazuo Shinohara and young rising stars such as Hideyuki Nakayama and Chie Konno.
The Japanese House presents some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition also incorporates lm and photography in order to cast a new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.
At the heart of the exhibition is an ambitious full-size recreation of the Moriyama House (2005) by Pritzker- prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), considered to be one of the most important houses of the 21st century. Representing a radical decomposition of the conventional house, this building consists of ten individual units (some only as large as a bathroom), separated by an exterior garden. Specially conceived in collaboration with Nishizawa for the exhibition, this reconstruction of the house is intertwined within the Barbican’s famous Brutalist architecture. Visitors are able to weave in and out of the fully furnished units and garden, experiencing this remarkable house in an immediate and physical way – imagining how it might be to live there. Hundreds of objects, including books, music and films, recreating the creative world of the house’s owner Yasuo Moriyama, bring the structure to life and forms a portrait of Moriyama – a reclusive collector who has never left Japan.
The exhibition runs until 25 June 2017.Barbican Art Gallery | barbican.org.uk/artgallery