exhibitions / Installation

In London this week: Tate Modern’s Fogfalls and Barbican’s life-size Japanese house

13. The Japanese House, Architecture and Life after 1945, Installation, Miles Willis, Getty Images (30)

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. Photo Credit: Miles Willis/Getty Images

Two major exhibitions welcomed their first visitors (and participants) this past weekend in London.

At the Barbican, The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, sees their Gallery space transformed with an ambitious and unprecedented full-size recreation of the Moriyama House (2005) by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), considered to be one of the most important houses of the 21st century.

Visitors are able to weave in and out of the fully-furnished units and garden, experiencing this remarkable house in an immediate and physical way – imagining how it might be to live there. Hundreds of objects, including books, music and films, recreating the creative world of the house’s owner Yasuo Moriyama, bring this beautiful structure to life. More than a mere architectural model, this 1:1 recreation forms a portrait of Moriyama – a reclusive collector who has never left Japan.

“We invite the visitor to not just consider Japanese architecture, but to experience it.”

Focusing on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, the exhibition also incorporates film and photography in order to cast a new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.

Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts said, “In building two 1:1 scale houses in the Gallery, I’m proud to say that with this exhibition we have achieved a new level of ambition. We invite the visitor to not just consider Japanese architecture, but to experience it.”


And on the southside of the Thames, the Tate Modern opened BMW Tate Live exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights in its unique underground Tanks.

As the title suggests, the exhibition runs for only a few days but marks a new departure in the concept of the art exhibition, which the Tate plans to hold each year. The new format aims to invite visitors to explore the show as it unfolds over time, combining installation, performance, film, video, sound and talks over a period of ten days.

Featured artists include Fujiko Nakaya, who will transform the Terrace outside Tate Modern with an immersive fog sculpture made entirely of water vapour with her contribution Fogfalls. This will provide an environment for performances by her long-term collaborators. In the evening there are ticketed performances by a range of emerging and established artists from around the world. In different ways, all the artists in the exhibition create communities or stage shared experiences, often linking natural, organic environments with new technologies and networks.

The exhibition is impressive in its use of the raw, industrial character of the Tanks – huge subterranean concrete containers originally built to hold the fuel for Bankside Power Station. They have now been converted into the world’s first museum space dedicated to performance, film and installation.


Fujiko Nakaya Fogfalls #47626, Showa Kinen Park 1882, (c) the artist

Barbican, London. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 (23 March 2017 – 25 June 2017)

Tate Modern, London. Ten Days Six Nights (24 March 2017 – 2 April 2017)