About "Future of Creation"
As of September 2014, we are presenting a new series of exhibitions, "Future of Creation," each of which takes a distinctive theme and embodies a trend now in the making. We are guided in this endeavor by four creators from the forefront of Japanese art and architecture who join us as supervisors--Toshio Shimizu (artistic director), Ryohei Miyata (metal artist), Toyo Ito (architect), and Kengo Kuma (architect). Each undertakes a three-month long exhibition, for a total four exhibitions each year.
About the 23rd Future of Creation by Kengo Kuma "Multiplication"
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, public gathering events are being forced to take unconventional approaches to achieve their targets. Recognizing this, the 23rd "Future of Creation" exhibition is planned to be presented online in order to attract many people with no constraints on space and time, under the supervision of Kengo Kuma.
The online exhibition will be held in a 3D-rendered LIXIL GALLERY (Tokyo), which is scheduled to be closed at the end of September this year, to deliver a creation by Kengo Kuma under the title of "Multiplication," a virtual world of game engine-enabled new-style 3D renditions of Kuma's architectural works displayed in abstract form, and a product of the partnership with historia Enterprise (specialist division of historia Inc., a computer games planning/development/sales firm). His virtual architecture will offer viewers a distinctive impression and experience in contrast to visiting an actual architectural exhibit.
We hope that many people will visit the final event of the "Future of Creation" series which was launched in 2014 to introduce rotating supervisors' then latest endeavors, and that many of those attending will be awed by Kuma's new digital architectural creation that looks into the present and future as well as celebrates the GALLERY's grand finale.
Message from Kengo Kuma
This project is LIXIL GALLERY's 23rd "Future of Creation" exhibition, the sixth exhibit by KKAA for the exhibition series.
The exhibition is offered in a 3DCG rendered version of the GALLERY, scheduled for closure in autumn. KKAA's past six exhibits and new architectural works will be presented in a new digital format.
Visitors will explore the virtual GALLERY, viewing the abstraction, dissolution and reconstruction, of KKAA's architecture unfold in a new interactive virtual experience.
Enjoy the hybridization of people and place, past and future, virtual and reality, and various phenomena in this exhibition.
"Multiplication" supervised by Kengo Kuma
|Date||8 August - 30 September, 2020|
|Technical Cooperation||historia Enterprise https://historia.co.jp/enterprise/|
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954.
Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a University Professor of Architecture.
Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics,Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara,exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty.
After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards,including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others.
Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings.
The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.