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February 2015

torafu architects make jiro takamatsu: mystery exhibition design

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torafu architects set the scene for Jiro Takamatsu: Exhibition of Mysteries
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates
all photos from daici ano

in the conception of the scenography of the retrospective jiro takamatsu (1936-1998) at tokyo national museum of modern art, torafu architects wanted to create an elevated exhibition space that invited visitors to walk through its heritage.

curated by kenjiro hosaka, mika kuraya and tomohiro masuda, who oversaw the first, middle and last chapters in the Japanese artist’s life, torafu architects prepared a scene for the “mysteries” which presents the stylistically heterogeneous work of takamatsu in a way that brings forward the disruptive, yet at the same time playful, nature of his interventions – surrealism being a notable influence on his part.

visitors are welcomed to the exhibition with a “ghost laboratory”
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

the exhibition opens with a “shadow laboratory” which takes the form of a long and narrow interactive installation which highlights the middle part of his artistic practice. this area includes superimposed shadows cast by various light sources, such as the silhouette of a rotating chair, depicted through various themes.

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shadow works were produced in the middle of jiro takamatsu’s career
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

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image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

Through this hall, visitors are led into the main exhibition space which is defined by six columns of varying circumference. these volumes are set up to give an architectural atmosphere to the gallery, while minimizing their presence as structural elements. Dotted across these main vertical supports, the architects of torafu installed five pseudo-pillars of the same width in their spacing, which are used as screens for the exhibition. these volumes of different sizes help define each thematic section of ‘mysteries’, which is achieved through their placement by filtering out adjacent areas.

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six main columns architecturally define the gallery space
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

the final element of the exhibition design is a ‘stage’ located in the center of the space. this platform is characterized by wood accents reminiscent of the takamatsu workshop, which offers a vantage point from which the works on display can be viewed from a different perspective. Within the vertical barrier of the stage, quotes from the artist can be found, which recall the various themes he addressed throughout his creative practice. this scene is intended to serve as a rest area where visitors are invited to browse illustrated books, while seated on cushions that feature reproductions of his sketches which are from the latter part of his career. the dimensions of this architectural element reflect the dimensions of takamatsu’s workshop, where he actively worked.

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the “scene” measures the same dimensions as jiro takamatsu’s studio where he actively worked
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

‘mysteries’ features around 200 works by jiro takamatsu, which are presented in a way that allows visitors to experience his philosophical world, while trying to resolve the elusiveness that is expressed in his art.

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the “stage” offers a place where visitors can rest
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

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general view of the exhibition
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

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the stage is bordered by a low wall
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

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image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

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jiro takamatsu: exhibition of mysteries at the national museum of modern art in tokyo
image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

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image © the estate of jiro takamatsu, courtesy of yumiko chiba associates

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