japan architects 1945-2010

As a special exhibition marking its 10th anniversary, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is collaborating with the Centre Pompidou (Paris) in holding exhibition of post-war Japanese architecture, “Japan Architects 1945-2010” taking the Centre Pompidou’s collection of works and materials as a core.” From official sites of this special event at 21 century museum of contemporary art, kanazawa.

Before visited this event, I regarded the special exhibition as a continuation of “Metabolism the city of the future” But, this event perspective guided us to contemporary scene. And at the same time, we can see another event that is “Architecture since 3.11“. I had known the view point of Metabolism the city of the future exhibition might concentrate on the range from 1945 to 1970’s. I had already noted this event’s highlight discussion on my blog (sorry only Japanese). Simply speaking, the Metabolism event couldn’t say the future. In spite that we had been already attacked by the great east Japan earthquake. It’s time to say that architects should up-generalize their works and show their vision to the future. But in the talk event, they could not, they only focused on the past time. Isozaki Arata provoked the speakers including Rem Khoolhaas. He casted doubt that Metabolism should regard as failed movement, why did you see the movement with laugh? History repeats itself, “the first as tragedy, then as farce” . I didn’t think Isozaki couldn’t sublimate their ideology to create happiness of users. But anyway, I wanted to agree his perspective at the talk event. Indeed, metabolism movement was art action, but the movement finally couldn’t get supports from clients as users. If the 21st museum event would focus on the metabolism, I would be disappointed. But, fortunately, we can see the future through the both event at the brilliant museum. I don’t know, but I feel the strong power of Kanazawa.

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