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Game-Changing Work of Japanese Architects Will Be Focus of Upcoming MoMA Exhibition

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Winter recently sunk its talons into the New York City area and much of the east coast, but at least we have this indoor activity to look forward to: From March 13 to July 4, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is mounting a show focusing on the work of Japanese architects like Pritzer Prize winners Toyo Ito (2013), and duo Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA (2010), Sou Fujimoto, and more since 2000, entitled "A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond." The "constellation" in question is the sweeping body of work the firms highlighted in the show, using Ito's Sendai Mediatheque building in the Japanese city of the same name—which famously withstood the intense tremors of the devastating, 9.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked parts of the country in March of 2011. The exhibition will also "reflect how the architecture field is responding to current societal change," says MoMA. Very timely.

A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond [MoMA]