Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art 1st Anniversary Exhibition
Kyoto Modern Architecture (provisional title)
Venue [ Higashiyama Cube ]
Modern architecture appeared in Kyoto under the Meiji period “civilization and enlightenment” policy of modernization. The national capital had been transferred to Tokyo, but Japanese architects who had newly learned ideas of western architecture were inspired by the historic appeal of Kyoto and Japan’s drive for modernization. Many buildings from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods, including the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, remain in use today. Kyoto’s experience in the preservation and utilization of historically important architecture is extensive and the city is a living architecture museum offering many examples of modern and contemporary buildings that coexist with premodern and ancient architecture.
This large-scale exhibition of modern Kyoto architecture at the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art is especially meaningful because the Museum building itself is an important example of modern architecture in Kyoto. The exhibition also underscores the fact that Kyoto architecture is more than shrines and temples. As a comprehensive introduction of modern architecture in Kyoto, the exhibition will include original drawings, architectural models, photographs and videos. A city walking tour will offer a chance to enrich the experience of Kyoto architecture.
- Higashiyama Cube
- Closed on
- Mondays, except public holidays.
Kyoto Modern Architecture: Three Points
1. Why introduce modern architecture now?
In an environment of ever homogenizing cityscapes and streamlined architecture, the preservation and utilization of historic buildings is key to the future of distinctive cities and architecture. Modern architecture in Kyoto is in the spirit of experimental convergence of traditional and modern architecture.
2. 50 Year Designation
Buildings over 50 years old that are recognized for historical significance are registered and protected under the Registered Tangible Cultural Properties system. For this exhibition, around 40 projects from “100 examples of modern architecture in Kyoto,” dating from 1872 to the beginning of the 1970s, have been selected for exhibition.
3. Living Architecture Museum, Kyoto
Architecture is introduced in the context of historical and modern values, personal relationships and connections, and the perspective of architectural history and architects. The Museum is proposing a new type of exhibition experience, linking the exhibition and a real-life architectural exploration of Kyoto.