Kengo Kuma in Manggha Museum

16 Dec 2021 - 18 May 2022

Marii Konopnickiej 26, 30-302 Kraków, Poland

Visit the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow to discover the retrospective exhibition of the celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who also designed LASVIT´s growing lighting and glassware collection called Yakisugi.

The exhibition will present a selection of the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma´s recent experimental projects, focusing on his sensitive approach to the combination of modern technologies with traditional building materials. It illustrates Kengo Kuma´s approach to architecture: working with traditional Japanese building materials and modern technologies, sensible and friendly to users, drawing inspiration from the nature and the character of local environment, suppresing any tendencies to a violent domination of the built object over the natural order of its surroundings.

This design language is also visible in his Yakisugi collection for LASVIT which consists of lighting pendants, table lamps, vases, and water glasses.

The renowned Japanese architect drew his inspiration from a technique for preserving construction timber by charring its surface, known in Japan as Shou-Sugi-Ban or Yakisugi. This ancient technique uses charring wood as means to preserve it without the need of painting or sealing, an aspect leading to the current revival of this technique in eco-friendly architecture. Adapting this process to the centuries-old glass craft technique enabled a contemporary design that is unique for every single piece of hand-blown glass.

Visit the Manggha Museum in Krakow from December 16th to May 18th to see the work of the only architect on Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2021.

The Manggha Museum is open daily except Mondays, between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm – more details in the event.


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