On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Kazuo Shinohara

Organizer: gta Exhibitions
Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 to Friday, 21 October 2016
Location: ETH Hönggerberg

Photos: Martin Stollenwerk

Perspectives from the Inner Circle
Taishin Shiozaki and David Stewart
on Kazuo Shinohara

Friday, 21 October 2016, 6pm
ETH Hönggerberg, Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5

Christian Kerez and Valerio Olgiati
Monday, 10 October 2016, 5 pm, Lecture Hall E4
ETH Hönggerberg, Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 6 pm
ETH Hönggerberg

Kazuo Shinohara
On the Tresholds of Space-Making

“A house is a work of art.”

So declared Shinohara Kazuo (1925-2006), one of the most influential figures in post-war international modernism. And in Shinohara’s hands, it was. Projects such as «Umbrella House» (1959-61) and «House in White» (1964-66) combined rigorous geometry with traditional Japanese forms to create purist, poetic structures of modest scale but vast ambition.

Yet Shinohara remains something of a cult figure. Though his works have inspired generations of architects, particularly those of current claim internationally, those who came of age in Japan’s post-Bubble period.

Now this mathematician-turned-architect is finally receiving his first european institutional survey exhibition since his passing exactly ten year ago. Organized by gta exhibitions, ETH Zurich and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, «On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo and His Legacy» features original drawings, sketches, period photographs and other archival material—much of which has never been publicly displayed before.

Drawn largely from documentation held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, «On the Thresholds of Space-Making» is curated by Seng Kuan, assistant professor of architectural history at Washington University in St. Louis.