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'Junzo Sakakura in Architectural Documents'

Nov 27, 2013

'Junzo Sakakura in Architectural Documents'

by Jordan Sievers

A renowned architect and former president of the Architectural Association of Japan, Junzo Sakakura (1901—1969), was a Tokyo Imperial University graduate who went on to become studio chief at the modern-architecture pioneer Le Corbusier’s atelier in Paris. After he returned to Japan to establish ...

'Celestial Dance:  The Art of Hiten'

Nov 20, 2013

'Celestial Dance: The Art of Hiten'

by Jordan Sievers

Hiten, bodhisattvas that fly and dance in praise of Buddha, are wondrous beings, sometimes refered to as “flying angels.” This exhibition focuses on the Buddhist symbols and their portrayal in various art forms, including sculptures and paintings. Ahead of the reopening of the renovated ...

'Yosooi'

Nov 13, 2013

'Yosooi'

by Jordan Sievers

Covering the aesthetics of clothing, dress style and appearance, this show features black-and-white photographic prints from the gallery’s collection of around 10,000 works. The exhibition focuses on the significance of the stylistic appearance of garments and the facial expressions of its wearers. The works ...

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

Nov 6, 2013

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

by Joseph Sievers

Josef Koudelka is one of today’s most well-respected photographers, known especially for the gritty and authentic depictions of everyday life in his two series documenting underprivileged classes: “Gypsies” and “Exiles.” His career began in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s, when he first gained attention for ...

'Jan Tschichold'

Oct 30, 2013

'Jan Tschichold'

by Jordan Sievers

The 20th century, which experienced rapid technological advancements, saw drastic shifts in societal change, not to mention changes in print techniques, that demanded new and modern-style typefaces. Jan Tshichold, one of the most prominent and influential typographers of the time, was a pioneering member ...

'Toward a Design Museum Japan'

Oct 23, 2013

'Toward a Design Museum Japan'

by Jordan Sievers

Design is integral to just about every aspect of our lives. It influences us daily— from our everyday interactions to abstract ideas. Today, design museums not only archive and showcase works, but recognize their roles as platforms for dialog, discussion and retrospective thought. Since ...

'Architecture for Dogs'

Oct 23, 2013

'Architecture for Dogs'

by Jordan Sievers

Despite being “man’s best friend,” we rarely design our world around the happiness of dogs. Under the direction of designer Kenya Hara, this exhibition seeks to rectify that neglect and explore new perceptions of modern architecture — to the scale of canine tenants. Thirteen ...