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Museum Villa Stuck Museum Villa Stuck

21 June – 23 September 2012

Terunobu Fujimori. Architect

Works 1986 – 2012

The Museum Villa Stuck presents the first exhibition of the work of Japanese architectural historian and architect Terunobu Fujimori in Germany. Within this exhibition, the most comprehensive monographic presentation to date devoted to Fujimori, models, drawings, plates of materials, architectural drafts and photographs - about 140 works altogether - illustrate the work of Fujimori who is sometimes called the world’s only surrealist architect. Wood and rattan furniture he designed especially for particular houses – Forum (1999), Gen-an (2006); the Yakisugu House (2007) – round out the show, demonstrating Fujimori's holistic approach to human (living) space.

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The highlight of the exhibition is a mobile teahouse developed especially for the garden of the Stuck Villa that, out of consideration for the local preference for coffee, is called the "Walking Café." The design of teahouses is central to Fujimori’s work. In powerful ways they combine a reflection on authentic, original forms of expression, Japanese culture and individual, unconventional and highly personal architectural solutions that reveal and make tangible a kind of inner, time-transcending sense of form. Fujimori’s notion of “intimate architecture,” which takes man as the measure of space, enters into a fascinating dialog here with the Stuck Villa, the artist’s residence designed by Franz von Stuck. Over the summer, the teahouse, or "Walking Café," designed especially for this exhibition will be accessible to visitors of the museum; in addition, it will go on a "tour" of the city of Munich, making stops at various locations.

A focus of the present exhibition is the 2007 project “Tokyo Plan 2107,” which introduces Fujimori as a critical visionary. In view of recent events in Japan, which on March 11, 2011 suffered a disaster of epic proportions as it was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami as well as subsequent serious incidents in its nuclear power plants, the models for the future included in the exhibition make it particularly clear that Fujimori’s concerns go far beyond mere architecture. His architectural visions – be they built, in the form of models, or in written form – are, in fact, at the heart of a social discourse striving for the greatest possible harmony between man and nature with the means of architecture and culture.

Yet another aspect of Fujimori’s career is highlighted by the presentation of works linked to his involvement in the “Roadway Observation Society” (ROJO). ROJO is a collective aiming to trace, in a form of photographic “tracking,” unnoticed urban constellations that can be understood as expressions of the unconscious in the cityscape. The ROJO Society was founded in 1986; its members include Genpei Akasegawa (artist and writer), Terunobu Fujimori (architecture historian and architect, Shinbo Minami (illustrator), Joji Hayashi (author) and Tetsuo Matsuda (publisher). The name of the collective is taken from Fujimori’s 1986 book titled “Kenchiku Tantei no Boken: Tokyo Hen” (“Adventures of an Architectural Detective: Tokyo Volume”), for which the architect received the Suntory Award for Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Museum Villa Stuck would like to thank GIMA, Girnghuber GmbH, Marklkofen, the Japanese Cultural Institute in Cologne (The Japan Foundation), the Japanese Consulate General in Munich, Moeding Keramikfassaden GmbH, Marklkofen, and Swiss Re for their generous support.