2005 Japan-EU Year of People-to-People Exchanges

The Japan Foundation FY16 Exhibition Program "Have We Met?"

This exhibition introduces Kazunari Sakamoto’s major works on residences and collective housing estates over the last 30-plus years, from 1969 until now. Based upon the exhibition “KAZUNARI SAKAMOTO: HOUSES—POETICS IN THE ORDINARY” shown in 2001 at Gallery MA (Tokyo), which subsequently toured Hiroshima, Nagoya, Sendai, and Yamagata, this exhibition’s content has been revamped with a new concept and expressed on a far greater scale. Starting with this exhibition in Munich, it is scheduled to tour throughout Europe for one and a half years.

The major pieces of the exhibit will include: a series of large-sized photo screens; 14 architectural works; plus an additional exterior image in 1:2 scale with a maximum width and height of approximately 6 m x 5 m, which was especially prepared for this occasion. Visitors who stand in front of the screen will be able to experience the “presence” of the architectural space. Drawings, models, and explanations will be on display at the same time, so that visitors can see the buildings in detail as well as in three dimensions. Also, films, including the work of the well-known photographer Takashi Homma will be exhibited, through which the building can be experienced together with its context. On the occasion of this exhibition, a catalogue in English and German introducing Sakamoto’s works will be published, which will trace the history of Sakamoto’s earnest search for a fundamental and conceptual level in his housing designs.

Artist/ Architect: Prof. Kazunari Sakamoto, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Organized by: Organizers
Organizers of the Exhibition in Munich:
The Japan Foundation, Deutscher Werkbund Bayern e.V., and Pinakothek der Moderne

Organizers of the Exhibition in other cities:
The Japan Foundation and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the School of Architecture (Copenhagen), the Oslo School of Architecture (Oslo), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Tronheim), Haapsalu Cultural Center (Haapsalu), Galerie architektury Brno (Brno), and The Gallery of Art Critics, Palace Adria (Prague).

Special Cooperating Institutions of the Exhibition:
Special Cooperating Institutions of the Exhibition in Munich
Kazunari Sakamoto Laboratory of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Consulate-General of Japan in Munich

Special Cooperating Institutions of the Exhibition in other cities
Kazunari Sakamoto Laboratory of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Deutscher Werkbund Bayern e.V., and Embassies of Japan

With special support from: Tokyo Institute of Technology
Sponsored by: Taisei Corporation (Taisei Corporation),
Toto Inc (Toto Inc.) and
Konica Minolta (Konica Minolta Technology Center Inc.)
  1. (1)Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich, Germany)
    Oct. 21 (Thu.), 2004 - Jan. 9 (Sun.), 2005
  2. (2)The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    Mar. 18 (Fri.) - Apr. 24 (Sun.), 2005
  3. (3)Oslo School of Architecture (Oslo, Norway)
    May 4 (Wed.) - 17 (Tue.), 2005
  4. (4)The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway)
    May 25 (Wed.) - Jun. 11 (Sat.), 2005
  5. (5)Haapsalu Culture Center (Haapsalu, Estonia)
    Jul. 1 (Fri.) - Aug. 7 (Sun.), 2005
  6. (6)Galerie Architektury Brno (Brno, Czech)
    Sep.6 (Tue.) - Oct. 20 (Thu.), 2005
  7. (7)Adria Palace (Praha, Czech)
    Nov. 21 (Mon.) - Dec. 18 (Sun.), 2005

House: Poetics in the ordinary

I have come to think that my desire is to free the space of architecture from several frames.
Also that I have come to seek a space of freedom that has not yet been seen.
This type of space will release our bodies and spirits from various binds,
and make possible their own communication to the world.
This space, however, is not within a special place or a special time,
I have come to believe it is a place within the absolute commonness of the everyday,
within the continuation of ordinary time.

The space surrounding the body becomes one with our bodies,
forms a place that becomes, though unconceived, an environment.
It becomes a space without any particular objectification.
This type of space in everyday life forms a frame that aligns
and directs our bodies and spirits unconsciously.
Is it not possible to glimpse another everyday existence deep within a crack
in the everyday existence that forms this frame?
I feel that there is an as yet unseen, renewed world of freedom
within a new everyday life that develops within the normal, matter-of-fact everyday life.

Within an arrangement, or composition of something that is ordinary,
without being special or extreme,
within the relationship of the compositional elements,
within the modification of their assemblage,
there is a poetry that is a rhetoric connected to another everyday world.
Within this poetry, can a method not be found to relate the space of the everyday to the world?
Would not a new world appear that breaks apart,
that relativizes the framework of the everyday within a new form of space?

In this sense of expectation,
I have come to look for architecture that is a free space
through the achieving of another everyday life,
within the composition of the residence – which is the most everyday form of space.

Kazunari Sakamoto

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