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Sat, Jan 23, 2021 14:00 - 15:00
To commemorate the opening of the online virtual tour of the Towada Art Center’s permanent collection, we will hold an online talk between architectural historian and professor Igarashi Taro and Washida Meruro, Director of the Towada Art Center, on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 14:00 to 15:00. In this talk, they will discuss the possibilities and significance of virtual reality (VR) in both art and architecture.
*The online talk is also available at the URL below.
*Top image: Cause and Effect by Suh Do Ho as seen in the virtual tour
Towada Art Center YouTube Channel *The center will share a link to the video when the event starts.
Registration not required
Born in 1967. Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University. Igarashi was the Commissioner for the Japanese Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale (2008) as well as artistic director at Aichi Triennale 2013. He has overseen exhibitions such as Impossible Architecture: The Architects’ Dreams, Windowology, and Quand la forme parle. In 2014, Igarashi was awarded the Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists. He is the author of numerous books, including Architecture after the Collapse of Modernism (2018), The Architecture of Tokyo (2020), and Decoding Decoration (2021).
Born in Kyoto, 1973. Director, Towada Art Center. Washida studied Western art history at the University of Tokyo. He was appointed to the construction office for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, five years before it opened, where he was involved in the establishment of the museum and headed up the installation of its permanent collection. Since the museum opened in 2004, he has organized numerous exhibitions and projects, including KAZUYO SEJIMA + RYUE NISHIZAWA / SANAA (2005), Kanazawa Art Platform 2008, and solo exhibitions by Jeppe Hein (2011) and Shimabuku Michihiro (2013–14). While working at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, he was selected to be the curator of the Japanese Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. In 2018, he became an independent freelance curator, going on to curate the Aichi Triennale in 2019. He has been in his current position as director since April 2020.