Well...there has been a bit of a gap since our last 'What We Saw' journal review (can I claim our own exhibition for Craft Week as part of the reason?!) So, for our belated third review I visited the Japanese House exhibition. I have long been interested in Japanese cultural life (my Dad used to travel to Japan regularly and I loved listening to the stories of his visits) so this has been firmly on my 'must-do' list. Now I just need to get to Japan in real life (that's on a slightly more ambitious 'must-do' list!)
The Japanese House, Architecture and Life after 1945
Barbican Centre, London, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
until 25th June 2017
Making the absolute most of the Barbican Centre's iconic space this exhibition is designed to lure, challenge and surprise you. Rooms within rooms, vivid colour, near darkness and explorations of 'lightness' all play their part in enticing and tempting you through the show.
With its starting point rooted in post-atomic 1945 the exhibition seeks to explore how the house became almost a symbol of experimentation during this unique period of history, how "...the post-war condition in Japan created a window for the languages of tradition and modernity to fuse". Japanese craft, European architecture, an interesting playfulness, a rejection of the old, acceptance of the new, and an exploration of 'lightness', arguably "Japan's greatest contribution to the global history of architecture" are mapped out across the two floors of the show.