Japanese House

9 Nov 2016 — 26 Feb 2017 at Maxxi in Rome, Italy

29 NOVEMBER 2016
Tezuka Architects (Takaharu + Yui Tezuka), Roof House, 2001 © Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA. Courtesy of Maxxi
Tezuka Architects (Takaharu + Yui Tezuka), Roof House, 2001 © Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA. Courtesy of Maxxi

The Japanese House documents the work of three generations of designers, covering a period spanning from the post-war years to the modern day. It explores one of the central themes of Japanese architecture: the design of the single-family house. The exhibition, which was born from a collaboration between international institutions and which will travel from MAXXI to the Barbican in London and to MOMAT in Tokyo, includes over eighty house designs. Drawings, models and photographs help visitors to understand not only the natural ease with which Japanese architects mix modernity, tradition and the ability to work in dialogue with their clients, but also the virtuous role that their works assume in society and in the cities of their country.

The staging of the exhibition, designed by Japanese practice Atelier Bow-Wow, organises the work of about sixty artists along a seventy-year genealogical stretch, in a path that is structured into fourteen thematic areas.

The exhibition moves from the tension between modernity and japaneseness following the war onto the metabolic utopias of the sixties and the minimalism of the nineties, before introducing us to the current renewed focus on the vernacular and the use of simple materials.