Venice Biennale: International Architecture Exhibition

Announcement

On August 30, 2017, The Japan Foundation held a press conference to announce that Momoyo Kaijima had been selected through competitive nomination to serve as curator of the Japan Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018.

Subsequently, however, other nominees and media representatives raised concerns and questions about the screening process, citing the fact that the curator selected is the spouse of one of the five members of the screening committee and co-runs an architectural firm with him.

In response, the screening committee and The Japan Foundation, through its secretariat, met on September 14 to discuss this issue and how to address it.

During that meeting, it was determined that a certain aspect of the screening process was inappropriate in light of social norms, and that the candidates should be re-screened by the screening committee, excluding the member in question. The curator selected in the re-screening is as follows.

Curator:
Momoyo Kaijima
(Atelier Bow-Wow, Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba, ETHZ Professor of Architectural Behaviorology)
Theme:
“Architectural Ethnography from Tokyo: Guidebooks and Projects on Livelihood”

The screening committee and The Japan Foundation, having already announced the original screening decision through a press conference and other channels, deeply apologize for any inconveniences caused to the other candidates and everyone else involved.

The Japan Foundation would also like to announce that it has begun to take action toward preventing recurrence of similar issues in the future. This includes reviewing its internal systems and organization, and developing any new systems or rules deemed necessary.

5th 1991- 16th 2018
  Commissioner
and Theme
Curator Participating Architects
/ Artists
Participating Architects
/ Artists in other Pavilions / Arsenale
16th
(2018)
The Japan Foundation “Architectural Ethnography from Tokyo: Guidebooks and Projects on Livelihood”

Curator:
Momoyo Kaijima

Curator Team:
ETHZ Studio Bow-Wow
Laurent Stalder (ETHZ Professor of Theory of Architecture, Director of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture)
Yu Iseki(Curator at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)

   
15th
(2016)
The Japan Foundation
“en: art of nexus”
Yoshiyuki Yamana
Production Committee
Exhibitors  
14th
(2014)
Kayoko Ota
“A Storehouse of Contemporary Architecture"

Curator: Norihito Nakatani

Deputy curators : Hiroo Yamagata, Keigo Kobayashi, Jin Motohashi

   
Toyo Ito
“Architecture. Possible here?
Home-for-All”
(*Golden Lion for National Participation)

Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, Naoya Hatakeyama Tadao Ando, Taro Igarashi, Toyo Ito, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa), Yoshio Taniguchi, Fumihiko Maki, Toshiko Mori,
Koh Kitayama
"Tokyo Metabolizing"

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Ryue Nishizawa Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima)
junya.ishigami+associates (*Golden Lion of the best project)
Toyo Ito, Tetsuo Kondo, Kazuyo Sejima,Ryue Nishizawa, Sou Fujimoto, Kazuo Shinohara (*Golden Lion in memoriam)
Taro Igarashi
"EXTREME NATURE: Landscape of Ambiguous Spaces"

Junya Ishigami, Hideaki Ohba Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima)
double negatives architecture (Hungarian Pavilion)
MAD OFFICE (Yosuke Hayano and others)
Launchpad05/Takuya Onishi
Terunobu Fujimori
"Architecture of Terunobu Fujimori and ROJO: Unknown Japanese Architecture and Cities" (Special mentions)

Terunobu Fujimori, Genpei Akasegawa, Shinbo Minami, Tetsuo Matsuda, Joji Hayashi, Hinako Sugiura (Advisor of Sigaporian Pavilon)
Toyo Ito
(City Profile - Tokyo)
Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima)
9th
(2004)
Kaichiro Morikawa
"OTAKU persona = space = city"

Kenzo Tange, Yuki Oshima, Toshio Okada, Tamaki Saito, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, YOTSUBA Studio, KAIYODO Co.,Ltd. Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Arata Isozaki, Shuhei Endo (*Special Prize)
Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Fumihiko Maki, Makoto Sei Watanabe, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa) (*Golden Lion for work)
Takaharu Tezuka, Yuri Tezuka
8th
(2002)
Arata Isozaki
"The Kanji way: Creating an Architectural Language in the Kanji-based Cultural Zone"
Kenjiro
Okazaki
Waro Kishi, Kazuhiro Kojima, Yung Ho Chang, Seing H-snag Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Nobuaki Furuya, Toyo Ito, (*Golden Lion for Lifetime Archievement)
Arata Isozaki, Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Yoshio Taniguchi, Eisaku Ushida, Kathlyn Findlay, Riken Yamamoto
7th
(2000)
Arata Isozaki
"City of Girls"
Kazuko
Koike
Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Kosuke Tsumura, Hellen van Meene, Yayoi Deki Hitoshi Abe, Itsuko Hasegawa, Riken Yamamoto, Shigeru Ban, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Hiroaki Kitano, Tatsuya Matsui, Kengo Kuma, Makoto Sei Watanabe
6th
(1996)
Arata Isozaki
"Fractures" (*Golden Lion for National Participation)

Osamu Ishiyama, Katsuhiro Miyamoto, Ryuji Miyamoto Tadao Ando, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Itsuko Hasegawa, Keiichi Irie, Waro Kishi, Kazuyo Sejima, Yukio Futagawa, Hisao Suzuki
5th
(1991)
Kiyoshi Kawasaki
"Five Japanese Architects"

Kazuhiro Ishii, Arata Isozaki, Seizo Handa, Shin Takamatsu, Fumihiko Maki Fumihiko Maki

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