Two days ago, curator and architect Carson Chan was kind enough to give me a little tour of the building works for the upcoming Berlin – Tokyo/Tokyo – Berlin, an exhibition that will open on June 7 and run until October 3 in Berlin at the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery).
Tokyo – Berlin / Berlin – Tokyo traces the cultural links between the two capitals from the end of the nineteenth century until the present day. A first part of the it has been exhibited at the beginning of this year at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
The Japanese architect came up with a structure that is in total contrast with the usual order, clarity and simplicity design of van der Rohe’s temple. Ito used the floor of the lobby as a 120 x 120 grid and covered it with a wooden waving floor, creating a striking hilly landscape. When finished the plan is to paint the structure in white and let visitor explore it at their whim. Looking forward to see the end result.
There’s a few images on flickr (the nice ones are by Carson, the crappy ones i mine.)