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Back Issue -1 July 2010-
Japan's Old New Museum: The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Opens with Edouard Manet
Edan Corkill
Every now and again stories emerge of attempts by architects, historians, or plain old concerned citizens to halt the planned demolition of some old building. The dispute invariably comes down to a conflict of priorities: the owner/developer ultimately prioritizes financial concerns (the cost of preservation is too high, the income to be gained from a preserved building is too low), more...
Where Is Architecture? Seven Installations by Japanese Architects
Susan Rogers Chikuba
When was the last time you enjoyed a lively exchange with one of those security personnel who hover in the corners of museum galleries? That's just one of the vibes that feels different at the provocative Where is Architecture? exhibition now on through August 8 at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT). more...
Plaster Paintings and Sea-Slug Walls: Matsuzaki's Chohachi Museum
Alan Gleason
Literally "sea-slug wall," namako-kabe is the unflattering name for the distinctive diamond-grid patterns that adorn surviving Edo-era buildings in certain parts of Japan. Best known to tourists are the concentrations of these structures in Kurashiki and elsewhere in the western part of the country. However, an equally well preserved namako-kabe enclave can be found closer to Tokyo, in the sleepy fishing port of Matsuzaki. more...
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FOCUS
Japan's Old New Museum: The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Opens with Edouard Manet
Edan Corkill
1 Jul 2010
FOCUS
Where Is Architecture? Seven Installations by Japanese Architects
Susan Rogers Chikuba
1 Jul 2010
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Plaster Paintings and Sea-Slug Walls: Matsuzaki's Chohachi Museum
Alan Gleason
1 Jul 2010
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Twenty-Five Words for Iris: Ogata Korin at the Nezu Museum
Alan Gleason
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Suspending Time: Life - Photography - Death
1 Jun 2010
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