Isozaki Arata

Isozaki Arata Incubation Process/Joint Core System 1962 / 2011
Mixed media, 122 x 243 x 350cm


Born in Oita, 1931. Graduated with a degree from the University of Tokyo School of Engineering Architecture Department. He created Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1963, and it exists to this day. Beginning with his work in the 1960’s such as the Oita Prefectural Library, when he was based mostly in Oita City, from the 1990’s onward he has expanded his activity around the world to include Barcelona, Holland, Krakov, Okayama, Kyoto, La Coruña, Yamaguchi, Berlin, and then in this century the Middle East, China and Central Asia. More than any other architect, his work reveals in its very construction a collision with politics, society and culture, and a deployment of personal thought and space that transcends ideological boundaries. Because he demonstrates the potential of those primal areas through his manner of construction, he has come to have a huge impact on other areas of knowledge as well. Through his critical writing, and as a judge at architecture competitions, he has also played an immense role in bringing to realization the concepts of radical architects around the world. His more than half a century of work includes philosophy, visual art, design, music, films, and plays, and he is always going beyond the framework of architecture to raise questions that transcend eras and borders.


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Isozaki Arata

Born in 1931 in Oita, Japan
Lives and works in Okinawa, Japan

– Education –

1950-1954  Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, Japan

– Selected Solo Exhibitions –

2019  Arata Isozaki: Derivation of Art Tower Mito, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2019  Arata Isozaki: Third Space, Oita Art Museum, Oita, Japan
2019  Arata Isozaki at the Kankai Pavilion, Hara Museum ARC Kankai Pavilion, Gunma, Japan
2018  Arata Isozaki Public Architecture, Art Plaza, Oita, Japan
2017  Primordial Line, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2015  Arata Isozaki Museum Architecture, Art Plaza, Oita, Japan
2014  ISOZAKI Arata: 12 x 5 =60, WATARI-UM, Tokyo, Japan
2014  Labyrinth in Motion, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2013  ISOZAKI Arata: SOLARIS, NTT Inter Communication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
2012  Arata Isozaki The Global, Art Plaza, Oita, Japan
2010  Arata Isozaki Built and Unbuilt Architecture, Art Plaza, Oita, Japan
2009  Arata Isozaki-Starting from Ruins, Art Plaza, Oita, Japan
2009  Arata Isozaki-Prints, Marugame Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
2008  Arata Isozaki-7 Invitations 2008
2008  Seven Villas, Art Plaza, Oita, Japan
2008  Seven Art Galleries, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
2008  Seven Curations, Hara Museum ARC, Japan

– Selected Group Exhibitions –

Okamoto Taro x Architecture, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, Japan

2020  Beyond Japan, Yoshiro and Yoshio Taniguchi Museum of Architecture, Kanazawa, Japan
2019  Multiples, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo
2019  Impossible Architecture, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
2019  1968: Art in the Turbulent Age, Shizuoka City Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
2018  Arata Isozaki Talk + Exhibition, Art Plaza, Oita, Japan
2018  1968: Art in the Turbulent Age, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
2018  Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2018  Night Fever. Design und Clubkultur 1960, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
2017  Florence Biennale 2017: eARTh – Creativity & Sustainability, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
2017  Architectures Japonaises à Paris 1867-2017, Pavillion de l’Arsenal, Paris, France
2017  Architecture on Paper: Architectural Drawings of Japan 1970s – 1990s, National Archives of Modern Architecture, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo, Japan
2017  Japan-ness. Architecture and Urbanism in Japan since 1945, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
2017  CONTEMPORARY RUINS, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany(Upcoming)
2017  Summer Exhibition 2017, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2017  Invisible Architecture: 1960s’ and 1970s’ Italian and Japanese architect movement analysis and contemporary debate, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy
2016  Suzhou Documents,Suzhou Art Museum and other venues in Suzhou, Suzhou, China
2016  The Emergence of Contemporary: Avant-Garde Art in Japan 1950-1970, Paço Imperial, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2016  Ah, Shinjuku!: the City as Spectacle, Waseda University Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum,Tokyo, Japan
2015  Group Show, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2015  Legendary Houses in Postwar Japan / PROVOCATIVE / INTROSPECTIVE, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan
2014  JAPAN ARCHITECTS 1945-2010, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
2014  1974: A turning Point in Postwar Japanese Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
2014  Legendary Houses in Postwar Japan / PROVOCATIVE / INTROSPECTIVE, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
2013  METABOLISM: The City of the FUTURE, Chun Shang Creative Hub, Taipei, Taiwan
2013  Yoko Ono Half-A-Window Show A Retrospective, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2012  Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde, The Museum of Modern Art New York, USA
2012  Traces of Centuries & Future Steps, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
2011  METABOLISM: The City of the FUTURE, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2011  POSTMODERNISM: STYLE AND SUBVERSION 1970-1990, Victoria and Alber Museum, London, UK
2010  CITY2.0-Theory of Evolution by WEB Generation, EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo, Japan


Primordial Line
May 18 – July 8, 2017

Group Show
FRANCIS Shingo, IBA Yasuko, ISOZAKI Arata, MIYAWAKI Aiko, SAITO Yoshishige
May 29 – Jul 18, 2015

Labyrinth in Motion
Jan 24 – Mar 8, 2014

Sep 9 – Oct 29, 2011

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