Impossible Architecture, traveling exhibition, Japan


The history of architecture includes countless plans and ideas that were never completed. Some were unrealistic or impractical, some limited by social issues of the time, others abandoned to focus on renovating existing buildings. Unfinished buildings, however, still encapsulate the artists’ and architects’ dreams and ideas.

This exhibition looks at what became “impossible,” focusing on unfinished architecture in Japan and overseas from the 20th century and beyond. Blueprints and scale models by 40 architects and artists are on show, including Makoto Aida, Tadao Ando, ​​Archigram, ARAKAWA + Madeline GINS, Yakov Chernikhov, Yona Friedman, Sou Fujimoto, Mark Foster Gage, Pierre Jean Giloux, John Hejduk, Hans Hollein, Junya Ishigami, Arata Isozaki, Renshichiro Kawakida, Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Daniel Libeskind, Kunio Maekawa, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Takehiko Nagakura, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Taro Okamoto, Cedric Price, Seiichi Shirai, and Bruno Taut to name a few. 


Shown at:

the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama – February 2 to March 24, 2019

Niigata City Art Museum – April 13 to July 15, 2019

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art – September 17 to December 8, 2019

National Museum of Art, Osaka – January 7 to March 15, 2020