Sat, Feb 1, 2014 - Sun, Mar 30
Staged as part of Towada Art Center’s fifth-anniversary project, this exhibition showcased SANAA, the architectural duo comprising Nishizawa Ryue and Sejima Kazuyo. Nishizawa explained the exhibition in the following terms: “On display are the tools that architects use for work on a daily basis, which form the most basic language for architectural expression. By making use of these fundamental materials, we hope to show both how architects think, and how imagination develops in an architecturally creative working environment.” The exhibition consisted of forty models, drawings, and videos of buildings̶mainly museums̶from around the world, and proposed ideas for a new age of architecture as well as new relationships between locality and architecture. In addition to SANAA’s projects, the exhibition included personal work by Sejima and Nishizawa, completing the picture of SANAA’s architectural realm.
Born in 1951 in Ibaraki, Japan, Kazuyo Sejima received her graduate degree in architecture from Japan Women’s University. Upon completion of her studies, she began working in the offices of architect Toyo Ito. In 1987, she opened her own architectural firm in Tokyo and founded SANAA with Ryue Nishizawa in 1995.
Born in 1966 in Tokyo, Ryue Nishizawa graduated from Yokohama National University with a master’s degree in architecture in 1990. He established SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima in 1995 and then his own firm in 1997. He currently holds a professorship at the Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture.
Towada Art Center
Collection: 500 yen
Exhibition: 500 yen
Collection + Exhibition: 900 yen
Children (18 and Under): Free
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more
Towada Art Center
To-o Nippo Press, Daily Tohoku Shimbun, Aomori Broadcasting Corporation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Company, Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Company & Towada City Board of Education
Financial Support from
Japan Arts Council