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The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo | © jyl4032/Flickr
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Get Inspired by Japanese Postwar Architecture at this Tokyo Exhibition

Picture of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer
Updated: 29 June 2017
MOMAT, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is putting the spotlight on the evolution and architecture of the Japanese home in the postwar era up to the present.

The Exhibition

Having toured in Rome and London, The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 will be coming to Tokyo for the first time. The multimedia exhibition will include models, drawings, architectural plans, and photographs of around 75 Japanese homes and will feature the work of 56 architects. Works will be organized thematically rather than chronologically. One of the highlights is the full-size model of a house built in 1952 by renown postwar architect Kiyoshi Seike, Professor Saito’s House, including original furniture.

Sou Fujimoto, House NA, 2011 © Iwan Baan
Sou Fujimoto, House NA, 2011 © Iwan Baan | Courtesy of MOMAT

The Era

The postwar era was also a turning point in the world of Japanese architecture. As housing shortages in cities damaged by the war skyrocketed, there was a surge of interest in becoming a homeowner. A new law regarding architectural engineering was enacted in 1950, leading to the rise of the Japanese residential architect.

Osamu Ishiyama, Kaitakusha-no-ie (The Farmer’s House), 1986 © Osamu Ishiyama
Osamu Ishiyama, Kaitakusha-no-ie (The Farmer’s House), 1986 © Osamu Ishiyama | Courtesy of MOMAT

The Architecture

While in many Western countries the role of the architect is mainly for public structures, Japanese architects were and are often very involved in residential architecture. This led to a large number of unique individual homes being built. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 presents the innovative and inspiring architecture for which the country is known.

Installation view in MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, 2016
Installation view in MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, 2016 | © Simona Ferrari, Courtesy of Atelier Bow-Wow and Courtesy of MOMAT

The Japanese House : Architecture and Life after 1945 will be showing at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo from July 19, 2017 to October 29, 2017.

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan