Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa: SANAA

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Electaarchitecture, 2006 - Architecture - 267 pages
SANAA, the collaborative office of architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryueishizawa is a multidisciplinary practice that extends beyond traditionalractice into the realms of landscape, interior, exhibition, furniture, androduct design. Internationally celebrated for what one critic terms its "uminous minimalism," the Tokyo-based partnership has built an award-winningeuvre of buildings and projects that is unusually varied - from the circularaze of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, tohe almost-dematerialized Christian Dior building in Tokyo's Omotesandohopping district. Even though SANAA rejects a recognizable formal style, theirm reveals a thematic consistency that transcends site and program. Lightakes center stage in all of Sejima and Nishizawa's work: A small cafe in theidst of a park is constructed out of little more than glass and mirrors thatake little distinction between interior and exterior spaces; a museum forraditional Japanese painting snakes along a wooded mountainside, glass wallstched by vertical lines that simultaneously obscure and frame views onto a

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О Museum Nagano Japan 199599
N Museum Wakayama Japan 199597
Park Café Ibaraki Japan 199798

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About the author (2006)

Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, and serves as a board member of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. She was a member of the international jury for the Venice Biennale, 1999, Artistic Director of the 7th International Istanbul Biennial, 2001, a member of the jury for the Hugo Boss Prize, 2002, Co-Curator of the 4th Shanghai Biennale, 2002, and commissioner of Japanese Pavilion of 50th Venice Biennale, 2003. She teaches art history at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and has authored books on artists Matthew Barney, Carsten Nicolai, and James Turrell.

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