We will display drawings and prints by the architects Friedensreich
Hundertwasser, Le Corbusier, Michael Graves, Isozaki Arata, Ando
Tadao, and Rokkaku Kijo.
Since our opening, Toki-no-Wasuremono has introduced architects'
drawings and prints. In Japan, it's standard to assume that architect
= an engineer who plans architecture, but we believe a truly talented
architect is an artist who designs human living space. Somebody who
creates a space that stimulates the mind by simply being present;
architects who are able to imagine such spaces, even if they're never
physically realized, are those whose drawings we actively collect. At
this exhibition we will present 2D works by such artists.
■Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000)
Austrian architect. He rejected straight lines as being unnatural, and
called upon a return to nature with his works made up curved and bent
lines. You can see a respect for nature in the lively colors.
■Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
Born in La Chaux de Fonds in the Jura region of Switzerland. Real
name, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris. Often cited with Frank Lloyd
Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as one of the great master
architects of the 20th century, he left behind many prints such as the
lithograph collection, Poem of the Right Angle.
■Michael GRAVES (1934-2015)
Born in Indianapolis. A representative postmodern American architect.
He was active in architecture and product design, and created many
drawings and copperplate prints in his lifetime.
■Isozaki Arata (b.
Born in Osaka. Graduated Tokyo University in 1954. From early on, he
was active not only as an architect but in the global fields of
philosophy, arts, design, and film. As a critic and board member of
architectural awards, he has been an important figure in the support
of making the world's radical architects' imaginations into reality.
■Ando Tadao (b.
Architect and professor at Tokyo University. Born in Osaka. Self
studied architecture, and established Ando Tadao Architectural Resarch
Center in 1969. He began to create prints in 1984, and published "Ando
Tadao Print Collection 1998" from Toki-no-Wasuremono. Ando
architecture exhibitions have been held around the world including at
the New York MoMA and the Paris Pompidou Center.
■Rokkaku Kijo (1941-2019)
Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts Architecture Department in
1965. After working at Isozaki Arata's atelier, established Kijo
Rokkaku Architecture & Associates in 1969. Taught at his alma mater
from 1991-2009. Won Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the
Essay by Koshima Yusuke - "Expanding
the Field of Architecture"
Architecture speaks to itself. In other words, spaces have their own
silent voice. Therefore, it is very difficult for architects to
express their philosophy in words, since their buildings already have
lots to say. No matter what the architects write in a book, it is more
convincing to simply visit their buildings and hear the voice from the
overcomes this problem, as always. Not just by holding an exhibition,
but he designed and,---a new wing just to show his own works. “Ando
Gallery” was built as an extension onto his previously designed
building, Hyogo Art Museum, completed in 2002.
I recently visited this brand new gallery and was surprised by how
smoothly it blended into the existing space, even 17years after
completion. It felt as if this new gallery space was already there
from the very beginning.
Ando was successful in expressing his philosophy through the silent
voice of architecture, meaning that the beautiful hand-drawings and
extraordinary models were given a great place to speak up, since the
entire gallery is a work of Ando.
What is outstanding about Ando’s work is the rich emptiness, a Zen
based philosophy. In Japanese terms, we say “無（mu）”. Ando’s space
contains this emptiness, which allows endless possibilities to live
in. And the beauty of his space is created by the light. Ando’s work
always provides perfection, and the natural light through the large
windows embraces the shining concrete.
Tadao Ando is not just a great architect, but also an amazing Artist.
His contribution towards the field of art can be seen throughout his
career. He has been continuously creating special drawings of
buildings that he designed, turnning them into art pieces, and has
making countless silkscreens and sketches. The only similar architect
that comes to my mind is ,
who was awarded the Pritzker Prize this year. Isozaki has also
renovated his designed museum into his gallery in O-ita.
One thing that can be said for sure is that architects have many ways
to express themselves. To make their own gallery inside their own
building seems like a great idea. Ando and Isozaki have been leading
the Japanese architectural culture for more than half a century. What
is outstanding about their work is that their philosophy is always new
and fresh, inspiring the next generations, and they work in order to
expand the field of architecture. I have a long long road in front of
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