A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond at The Museum of Modern Art, March 13 – July 4, 2016

A Japanese Constellation maps a network of architects who gravitate around Toyo Ito (born 1941) and SANAA, the office founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. Focusing on work made since the start of the twenty-first century, the exhibition highlights themes that link the architects’ careers—from Ito’s influence as a mentor to innovations in the designs of a younger generation, represented by Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami. The architects featured are affected by the complex metropolitan culture of Tokyo, where their studios are located, and are distinguished by the give-and-take that has emerged in their different roles as masters, disciples former students, and colleagues.” — The Museum of Modern Art

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Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995–2001. Model: acrylic, 10 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 29 1/8″ (27 x 80 x 74 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the architect in honor of Philip Johnson. © 2015 Toyo Ito

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Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995–2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama

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Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995–2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama

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Toyo Ito. Tod’s Omotesando Building, Tokyo. 2002–04. © Nacása & Partners Inc.

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Toyo Ito. Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall, Gifu, Japan. 2004–06. © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

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Kazuyo Sejima. Nishinoyama House, Kyoto, Japan. 2010–14. © Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

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SANAA. 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. 1999–2004. © SANAA

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Ryue Nishizawa. Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan. 2005–08. © Office of Ryue Nishizawa

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Ryue Nishizawa. Teshima Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan. 2004–10. © Office of Ryue Nishizawa

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Ryue Nishizawa. Hiroshi Senju Museum, Nagano, Japan. 2007–10. © Daici Ano

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Sou Fujimoto. House N, Oita, Japan. 2006–08. © Iwan Baan

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Sou Fujimoto. House NA, Tokyo, 2007–11. © Iwan Baan

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Sou Fujimoto. House NA, Tokyo. 2007–11. © Iwan Baan

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Akihisa Hirata. Showroom H Masuya, Niigata, Japan. 2006–07. © Nacása & Partners Inc.

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Akihisa Hirata. Showroom H Masuya, Niigata, Japan. 2006–07. © Nacása & Partners Inc.

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Akihisa Hirata. Foam Form, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Project. 2011. © Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office and Kuramochi + Oguma

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Junya Ishigami. Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, Kanagawa, Japan. 2005–08. © Junya.Ishigami + Associates

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Junya Ishigami. Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, Kanagawa, Japan. 2005–08. © Junya.Ishigami + Associates

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Junya Ishigami. House with Plants, Japan. 2009–12. © Junya.Ishigami + Associates

Images courtesy The Museum of Modern Art