“A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond” on View at MoMA

“A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond,” the latest architecture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, profiles the trajectories of Pritzker Prize winning architects Toyo Ito as well as Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, while exploring their broader influence on contemporary Japanese design since the 1990s.


Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995–2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama

Incorporating models, drawings, and images of over 40 designs, the exhibition aims to unravel the narrow focus on the individual genius associated with the “star-system” in contemporary architecture. “A Japanese Constellation” highlights a network of luminaries at work, offering a reflection on the spread of an architectural sensibility.


Kazuyo Sejima. Inujima Art House Project, 2013. © Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

According to the museum, the exhibition offers a panorama of established and emerging architects and “reveals how shared architectural themes travel across generations of architects, creating a strong identity for a regional practice with global impact.”


Ryue Nishizawa. Towada Art Center, 2005–08. © Office of Ryue Nishizawa

Film and imagery projected onto translucent curtains illustrate these concepts, while also articulating the various sections of the exhibition space.

A Japaese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond

Installation view. Photo: Thomas Griesel © The Museum of Modern Art

“A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond,” which is MoMA’s first presentation dedicated solely to Japanese practitioners, is on view through July 4, 2016.

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