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Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation

Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation

In a nutshell
This exhibition covers a wide range of topics: the use of wood, Japanese architectural aesthetics, the role of the roof, architecture in communities, how “Japan” is interpreted by non-Japanese architects, and more. The information provided is dense and takes time to read and digest. Highlights include a book lounge, a ⅓ size model of a home and an immersive work which uses video and laser fiber to represent Japanese design dimensions.

The venue
The Mori Art Museum is located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. The size of the venue allows large installations.

Insider tip
The entrance fee for the Mori Art Museum includes access to the Tokyo City View indoor observation deck - one of the best views of Tokyo. 

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the information is available in English, including an English audio guide. At first the audio guide seems a bit unnecessary but by the end of the exhibition, the guide provides a nice summary and a break from reading the large amount of information provided.

Photos?
Photos are allowed in five specific areas only, which are clearly marked. 

The feels
This exhibition is large, covers a wide range of topics and might warrant an additional visit to take in all the information and ideas.

Appeal
There appear to be several architects and designers enjoying this exhibition. Anyone interested in the origin and expression of Japanese design aesthetics would enjoy it.

How far out?
Located in Roppongi Hills about a five minute walk from the Roppongi metro station.

How much time? 
Over an hour to read the information provided about each section and corresponding exhibits.

How much money?
¥1,800 for general admission.

Until when?
September 17, 2018

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth seeing if you’re in the area or if you are interested in Japanese architecture and design.

Links:
https://www.mori.art.museum/en/exhibitions/japaninarchitecture/index.html

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