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Katsura - Nihon kenchiku ni okeru dento to sozo (Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.74

  • Title (object)

    • Katsura - Nihon kenchiku ni okeru dento to sozo (Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. Text in English and Japanese.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1960
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    Katsura is possibly the single most important piece of landscape gardening in combination with architecture in Japan. Designed and built in the early 17th century it is chiefly formed by a main palace area (Shoin) surrounded by groups of four tea-houses (Geppa-ro, Shokin-tei, Shoka-tei, and Shoi-ken), and a Buddhist chapel (Onrin-do) set in a spectacular landscape garden. The quality of Katsura lies in the fact that although every aspect of the enclosure has been minutely thought out, the whole appears to be entirely organic. In the twentieth century Katsura became a major source of inspiration for modern architects like Bruno Taut who praised its clarity and functional aspects. The present book shows Ishimoto to be a master of architectural photography. Text by Tange Kenzo and Walter Gropius. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 Oct 25-2010 Feb 14, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2012 Oct - 2013 Apr, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.74

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.73 (Photobook number)

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