Talk: Building Blocks: Curating Architecture

Despite the complexity and difficult curatorial challenge in exhibiting architecture as a medium, a number of such exhibitions have been held in a variety of settings. Often involving installations, sketches, photos and models, we are able to gain an insight into the minds, worlds and inspirations of architects and the environments they create, but what can be truly understood about architecture through such exhibitions?

Contemplating this question, the Japan Foundation has invited Kayoko Ota, a curator and editor specialising in architecture, to discuss the purpose of architecture exhibitions and how this format can help foster our understanding. Having been the commissioner for this year’s Japan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and with long and established career overseas, Ota will draw on her global experience to explore various issues involved in curating architecture exhibitions both on a practical and theoretical level, while looking into what aspects in Japanese architecture have been and can be examined keeping its history, characteristics and current state in mind.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to

Image credits: Clockwise from top left: Overview of the exhibition at the Japan Pavilion 2014, “In the Real World”, Photo by Keigo Kobayashi; Entrance to the Japan Pavilion 2014, “In the Real World”, Photo by Keigo Kobayashi;  Digital installation “Blurring Architecture” as part of Toyo Ito’s exhibition “Vision and Reality” at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2000

Duration 20 October 2014 - 20 October 2014
Times from 6.30pm
Cost Free (booking essential -
Venue The Japan Foundation, London
Address Russell Square House London WC1B 5EH, ,
Contact 020 7436 6695 / /

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