Graduate Architecture

  • Baisoin Temple, Tokyo, 2003. Kengo Kuma, Architect. Photo by Vincent D. Feldman, 2013.

  • Evening Snow on Mount Hira. Woodblock print by Ando Hiroshige, 1832. Siegel Collection, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Nihonbashi Bridge, Tokyo, 1911. Tsumaki Yorinaka, Architect. Photo by Vincent D. Feldman, 2014.

  • House in Reinanzaka, 1924. Antonin Raymond, Architect. Model, University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives Collection, 2008.

  • Thoughts on the Visit to Katsura, Kyoto, May 1934. Bruno Taut. Perkins Collection, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

  • Japanese Pavilion, Paris, 1937. Junzo Sakakura, Architect. Digital model and drawing by Siqi Wang, Xiaonan Chen, Ge Zheng, PennDesign, 2015-2018.

  • Izumo Shrine Administration Building, 1963. Kiyonori Kikutake, Architect. Digital model and drawing by Junxiong Ma, PennDesign, 2016.

  • Dior Omotesando, Tokyo, 2005. SANAA Architects. Photo by Vincent D. Felman, 2016.

Critical Abstractions: Modern Architecture in Japan, 1868 - 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018Monday, September 24, 2018
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Kroiz Gallery, The Architectural Archives
220 South 34th Street at Smith Walk
Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library building

Opening reception: Thursday, August 30, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Curated by PennDesign Lecturer Ariel Genadt, this architectural exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration that spawned a radical transformation of Japan’s architecture. It presents key buildings in Japan from 1868 to the present through analytical drawings and models by PennDesign students, contemporary photography by Vincent Feldman, rare books and woodblock prints from Penn’s Collections, original videos and digital animation. Organized thematically through the lens of architectural abstraction, the displays tell a story of Japan’s unique contribution to world architecture in the 20th century.

Original films by Hiromoto Oka and digital animations by HGSD students with Professor Marc Mulligan.
Scientific support by Professor David B. Stewart of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Curatorial support by William Whitaker.
Drawings and renderings from the Office of Kengo Kuma and Associates.
Exhibition assistance provided by PennDesign students Bowen Qin, Doug Breuer, and Siqi Wang.
This exhibition is supported by the Japan Foundation New York Grant for Arts and Culture, The Lauder Institute, Penn Arts & Sciences, and PennDesign.