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Critical Abstractions: Modern Architecture in Japan, 1868 - 2018
Kroiz Gallery, The Architectural Archives
220 South 34th Street at Smith Walk
Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library building
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.