February 21, 2019 – May 4, 2019
Japan, Archipelago of the House
Western architects have long drawn inspiration from traditional Japanese house design, with buildings including the Katsura Imperial Villa influencing the modernist architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Gropius, among many others. But modernist representations of Japanese houses often removed them from historical and cultural lineages; this exhibition seeks to contextualize the development and design of the contemporary Japanese house. Featuring the work of 58 architects, Japan, Archipelago of the House is divided into three parts focusing on iconic houses of the 20th century, houses from Tokyo photographed in their urban contexts, and a selection of contemporary Japanese dwellings.