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Legendary Houses in Postwar Japan – Provocative / Introspective

October 4, 2014 - December 7, 2014

¥3. – ¥1030

From the HMOCA Website

What do houses reflect and suggest about societal change? The Legendary Houses in Postwar Japan – Provocative / Introspective exhibition examines 16 now legendary houses and the concepts of the 16 architects who designed them during Japan’s postwar high-growth period, which ran from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Beginning with House (1953) by Kenzo Tange, who designed Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park, which came to symbolize Hiroshima after the war, architects have confronting a variety of issues related to “living” while exploring spatial expression, finding inspiration in traditional forms and meditating on the relationship between houses and urban communities.

In the 1960s, Kazuo Shinohara declared, “A house is a work of art.” As houses emerged that resembled impoverished spaces, people began to advocate the importance of residential architecture. After Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japanese architects began to emphasize interiors and explore innovative expressions by dividing planes and raising objections to conventional practices. Built on extremely small lots and under restricted conditions, Japanese houses have not always been blessed with ideal circumstances. Architecture from this era of modernization in which close attention was paid to houses in personal and human spaces provides us with a new perspective in reconsidering present-day living spaces.

Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (except October 13, November 3, 24 when closed October 14, November 4 and 25.


October 4, 2014
December 7, 2014
¥3. – ¥1030
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1-1 Hijiyama-koen, Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0815 Japan