100 Years of BUNRIHA: Can Architecture Be Art?
2021.01.06 wed. - 03.07 sun.
New stars swept over the Japanese architectural world in the Taisho era with striking impact: the Bunriha, the first architectural movement in Japan. In 1920, classmates of the Department of Architecture of Tokyo Imperial University, Kikuji Ishimoto, Mayumi Takizawa, Sutemi Horiguchi, Keiichi Morita, Shigeru Yada, and Mamoru Yamada formed the group before their graduation. With Shuichiro Ouchi, Chikatada Kurata, and Bunzo Yamaguchi later joining, the group was active in exhibiting and publishing their works until 1928.
The year 2020 marks 100 years since its formation. Following the trajectory of the young architects who emerged swiftly and vividly in the changing world, the exhibition includes related artworks along with drawings, models, photographs, and videos. What was the “art” in architecture they pursued? The exhibition casts new light to reveal the role the group played in the history of contemporary Japanese architecture.
List of Works 100 Years of BUNRIHA: Can Architecture Be Art?(PDF)
2021.01.6 wed. - 03.07 sun.
*Some works will be replaced with others while the exhibition is in session.
First Period : January 6–February 7
Second Period : February 9–March 7
*Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30AM–8:00PM
Evening Extended Hours Will Be Suspended from January 16 until further notice.
*Admission until 30 min. before closing
Closed Mondays, January 12
*Exception: January 11
Admission Adults: 1,500 yen (1,300 yen)
University students: 1,100 yen (900 yen)
High school students: 600 yen (400 yen)
* Figures in parentheses are groups of 20 or more
* Junior high school students and younger are free (with valid ID).
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)
* Collection gallery exhibition is available with this ticket.
*Advance tickets are available Nov. 21 to Jan. 5
Group photo at the Student Exhibition
Front row from the left, Shigeru Yada, Mamoru Yamada, Kikuji Ishimoto. Back row, Keiichi Morita, Sutemi Horiguchi, Mayumi Takizawa
February 3, 1920, photographer unknown
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Mayumi Takizawa, Graduation project, Mountain House Club, front view, 1920, Department of Architecture, The University of Tokyo
Mayumi Takizawa, Mountain House model, 1921/1986 reproduced under supervision of Mayumi Takizawa
Keiichi Morita, Rakuyu Kaikan, Kyoto Imperial University, 2020, photographed by Hayato Wakabayashi
Mamoru Yamada, Tokyo Central Telegraph Office upon completion, Photographed in 1925, POSTAL MUSEUM JAPAN
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Asahi Shimbun
Support Architectural Institute of Japan
The Japan Institute of Architects
Society of Architectural Historians of Japan
Kyoto Society of Architects & Building Engineers
Sponsorship RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE CO.,LTD.
Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc.
YAMADA ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS.INC.
Cooperation Society for Digital Heritage
Academic support 100 Years of Bunriha Study Group
Graphic design Tsutomu Nishioka
Exhibition design KimuraMatsumoto Architects + Yuichi Nishimura (Rimishuna)
Publicity materials flyer (6MB)
Exhibition Catalogue 2,500yen (incl.tax)