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Kisho Kurokawa Exhibition
– From the Age of the Machine to the Age of Life –
This represents an experimental exhibition that is completely different from architectural exhibitions of the past.
Kisho Kurokawa has been a foremost thinker and architect, steadfastly advocating research of Consciousness-Only philosophy and the philosophy of symbiosis over the last 50 years.

In 1958, he predicted a “Transition from the Age of the Machine to the Age of Life,” and has continually utilized such key words of life principles as metabolism (metabolize and recycle), ecology, sustainability, symbiosis, intermediate areas (ambiguity) and Hanasuki (Splendor of Wabi) in order to call for new styles to be implemented by society.

The National Art Center, Tokyo, is the latest work by Kisho Kurokawa which was completed in June last year. The Kisho Kurokawa Architecture Exhibition – From the Age of the Machine to the Age of Life – will be held at the National Art Center, Tokyo, as one of its commemorative exhibitions, and will be co-hosted by the National Art Center, Tokyo, and the Committee for the Kisho Kurokawa Exhibition (Committee Chairman: Nobutada Saji, President of Suntory Ltd.).

The Kisho Kurokawa Retrospective Exhibition – From the Age of the Machine to the Age of Life – was planned and held by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the 1990s, and visited the Japan Cultural Hall in Paris (Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris), the Berlin House of World Culture (Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt), the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums around the world, and various homecoming exhibitions were held throughout Japan.

This exhibition is completely different from the Kisho Kurokawa Retrospective Exhibition, with new content provided, and it is the first Kisho Kurokawa Exhibition that is being held in Tokyo.

A unique display technique will be adopted for the Kisho Kurokawa Exhibition, where the image of an overall completed image of the works of Kisho Kurokawa will be reproduced using miniatures of the smallest size possible, while the details of his architecture are expressed with full-scale drawings. This represents an expression of his philosophy of symbiosis, in which parts and the overall body coexist in a fractal or holonic structure.

In the exhibition hall, with an area exceeding 1,000 m2, there will also be a scattering of giant models, key words of the philosophy of symbiosis and excerpts from his writings, unique poems written by Kisho Kurokawa, aphorisms (epigrams) and texts (interpretation of history). In addition, copies of sketches that are part of permanent collections at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Pompidou Center in Paris (Centre Pompidou) will be pasted to the floor.

Visitors to the exhibition will bring a magnifying glass that they use at times, and a sketchbook or camera that they use for other portions of the exhibition in order to explore the world inside the brain of Kisho Kurokawa.

While the Kisho Kurokawa Exhibition is being held, influential critics from around the world will be invited for a lecture series entitled “The Potential of Modern Architecture” that will be jointly planned and held by the National Art Center, Tokyo, the Suntory Museum of Art and the Mori Art Museum.

At the same time, live performances using the key words of Kisho Kurokawa will be presented by philosophers, architects, designers, actresses, dancers, singers, Haiku Poets and other performers, providing homage to, and a critique and interpretation of the philosophy of symbiosis. All of these events will be introduced online to the entire world 24-hours a day on a website, and experimental interaction with grammar school students will also be conducted.