As you look back at the history of architecture, you discover a host of outstanding concepts that never reached completion and stimulating ideas that were deliberately limited to proposals. Focusing on unfinished architecture projects by about 40 Japanese and foreign architects and artists since the 20th century, this exhibition interprets blueprints, models, films, and other related documents in an effort to envision as yet unseen examples of new buildings. These include structures, which despite being technically feasible, were never executed due to social conditions and restrictions; and proposals that placed greater emphasis on making a critical statement against existing institutions than realizing an actual building. The exhibition promises to provide an opportunity to consider visionary architecture for the future.

Architects and artists (in alphabetical order)

Makoto Aida, Tadao Ando, Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Archigram, Yakov Chernikhov, Yona Friedman, Sou Fujimoto, Mark Foster Gage, Pierre-Jean Giloux, Zaha Hadid Architects + Architects JV, John Hejduk, Hans Hollein, Junya Ishigami, Arata Isozaki, Renshichiro Kawakita, Kiyonori Kikutake, Rem Koolhaas / OMA, Kisho Kurokawa, Daniel Libeskind, Kunio Maekawa, Kazimir Malevich, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Yutaka Murata, Takehiko Nagakura,
Constant (Constant Nieuwenhuys), Taro Okamoto, Cedric Price, Ettore Sottsass, Superstudio, Mayumi Takizawa, Vladimir Tatlin, Bruno Taut, Giuseppe Terragni, Yamaguchi Akira,
Bunzo Yamaguchi (Okamura)

Exhibition flyer(PDF:1.66MB)

Date September 18-December 8, 2019
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 4) and Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Nov.5
Admission Adults 1,200 (1,000) yen, University students 900 (700) yen, High school students and seniors [65 and over] 600 (500) yen
*Junior high school students and younger: Free admission
*Figures in parentheses: Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more
*Admission to all exhibitions free on Sat., Nov. 3 (nat. hol.).
Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums
Advisor Taro Igarashi
Sponsored by Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
In cooperation with Estate of Madeline Gins / Reversible Destiny Foundation
Under the auspices of Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,
Onomichi FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

Film producer and director: Takehiko Nagakura, CG film, Vladimir Tatlin, Monument to the Third International, 1998

Yakov Chernikhov, illustration from Architectural Fantasies 101 Compositions in Colour, 101 Architectural Miniatures, 1933, Private collection

Yutaka Murata, Photograph of the model, Soviet Youth Sports Facilities, c.1972, Collection of Aga Murata

Kisho Kurokawa, Model, Helix City Plan for Tokyo 1961, 1961, Mori Art Collection, Tokyo, Photo: Tomio Ohashi

Sou Fujimoto, CG image, Lacation, Beton Hala Waterfront Center, first prize plan, 2012

Zaha Hadid Architects + Architects JV (Nikken Sekkei, Azusa Sekkei, Nihon Sekkei, and Ove Arup & Partners Japan), New National Stadium of Japan, Wind tunnel testing model for construction, 75 meters high (1:300), Courtesy of Architects JV (Nikken Sekkei, Azusa Sekkei, Nihon Sekkei, and Ove Arup & Partners Japan)