9 – 22 September 2016, Mon-Fri, 9am – 7pm
Spazio espositivo Gino Valle, IUAV, Cotonificio Dorsoduro 2196, 30123 Venezia
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM & OPENING Fri. 9 September 2016, 3pm,
featuring an exclusive video-interview with Kengo Kuma
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“And then it will still take a great effort, not only to correct, but also to choose the materials, to check, decide the colors etc. […] The harmony of proportions […] is a wonderful thing. I am studying Kobori Enshu* on a pragmatical level and in detail.”
Taut, diary note on May 7, 1935
“All he had to do was to select each material, give it dimensions and decide on its detailing.”
Kengo Kuma, 2008
The exhibition „West of Japan / East of Europe“ is devoted to the only existing project that Bruno Taut realized during his three-year stay in Japan, Hyuga Villa (Kyu Hyuga Bettei) in Atami, built in 1936. His project embodies a deeply personal re ection on Japanese architecture, mediated through Taut‘s European sensibility. The result represents a unique example of cross-cultural breeding, which, at the time of its completion, stood at odds with mainstream Modernism in Europe on the one hand, and with the local architectural language on the other. The complete, de- tailed plans of Hyuga Villa are presented for the rst time to the public, paired with large-format photographs by the architectural photographer Dave Clough. By juxtaposing drawings and pictures, we hope to immerse the visitor in the realm of Taut‘s architectural preoccupations: pondering about spatial proportions on one side, and Stimmung and materiality on the other.
*1579-1647, master of tea ceremony and all-round artist, known for his garden designs and whom Taut believed to be the author behind Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto.
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Credits for all the following photos: Dave Clough Photography