Towada Art Center will hold an exhibition titled “Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa SANAA” by international architect unit SANAA to commemorate its 5th anniversary. From Feb 1 until Mar 30.

The exhibit introduces SANAA’s projects as well as Sejima and Nishiwaza’s individual works. Through the display of 40 pieces of models, sketches and images of the unit's architectural works- e.g. EPFL Learning Center, Louvre Lens, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa- the exhibit explores the up-coming future of architecture and the interaction between community and architecture.

Office of Ryue Nishizaawa handled the exhibit layout. The architectural firm of the architect who designed the Towada Art Center incorporates the resting areas as well as the corridors together with the exhibition rooms as a grand exhibit area.

An opening reception will be held on Feb 1 with a talk session by Nishizawa and Sejima. Seats limited to 30 people (priority given to those with pre-booking) are free of charge. Talk session with Nishizawa and musician Yoshihide Otomo, who is known for 2013 NHK TV series “Amachan”, is scheduled for Feb 16. A special live show “OTOMO YOSHIHIDE Special Live in TOWADA” is also planned (admission: 2,000 yen with one free drink) among others.

Kazuyo Sejima was born in Ibaraki in 1956. Completing Japan Women’s University Graduate School in 1981, worked for Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects and later established Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987.

Ryue Nishizawa was born in Tokyo in 1966. Upon completing his master course at Yokohama National University in 1990, started his career at Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. In 1995, formed architectural unit “SANAA” with Kazuyo Sejima and in 1997, established Office of Ryue Nishizawa. Currently also teaches at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA) as professor.

“SANAA” is an award-winning architect group winning the Gold Lion Award at Venice Biennale 9th International Architecture Exhibition and The Pritzker Architecture Prize. Also active in interior designs, urban planning and furniture designs.

【Exhibition Information】
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa SANAA
Dates: February 1st - March 30th
Venue: Towada Art Center
Address: 10-9 Nishi-Nibancho, Towada-shi, Aomori
Time: 9 am - 5pm (Entrance until 30 minutes prior to close)
Admission: 900 yen for SANAA exhibition + permanent exhibition, 500 yen for SANAA exhibition only, 500 yen for permanent exhibition, and free admission for high school students and younger
Closed: Mondays (the next day will be closed if Monday is a holiday)