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Eastern Legacy: An art show you cannot miss

APR 6, 2016 | By Aditi Gaitonde
Iconic library Sendai Mediatheque (1995–2001), Miyagi, Japan by Toyo. Photograph courtesy Naoya Hatakeyama. The undulating structure of Meiso no Mori Municipal Funeral Hall (2004–06), Gifu, Japan by Toyo Ito. Photograph courtesy Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.
If Japanese visionary Toyo Ito had successfully become a professional baseball player, like he intended to, his country’s skyline would be entirely different today.
To celebrate this maverick, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is hosting a unique exhibition. Titled “A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond”, it will focus on the Pritzker Prize winner’s career and his influence as a mentor to a whole generation of Japanese architects. It will also offer a retrospective of recent works by acclaimed designers Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (of SANAA), Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami. To highlight innovative and prominent contemporary architecture of the land, models, drawings and images of over 40 projects since the 1990s will be on display.
What: A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond
When: Mar 13–Jul 04, 2016
Where: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
Website: www.moma.org
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