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Sendai Mediatheque welcomes new director

The philosopher and former president of Osaka University, Kiyokazu Washida has been appointed as the director of the Sendai Mediatheque in Sendai. Born in Kyoto in 1949, Washida specializes in clinical philosophy and ethics, but has also written about aestheticsView More >

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Toyo Ito wins Pritzker Prize

Toyo Ito has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced Mar 17. Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to win the prize, after Kenzo Tange, Fumihiko Maki, Tadao Ando and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.View More >

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Sou Fujimoto to design Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, designed by Sou Fujimoto / Indicative CGI. © Sou Fujimoto Architects, courtesy Serpentine Gallery, London. Architect Sou Fujimoto will design this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens, it was announced Feb 14. At 41,View More >

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Shozo Shimamoto (1928-2013)

A co-founder of the post-war avant-garde group, the Gutai Art Association, the artist Shozo Shimamoto died Jan 25 of sudden heart failure at hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, it has been reported. He was 85. Shimamoto was born in OsakaView More >

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Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013)

One of the leading voices of Japanese post-war avant-garde cinema, the film director Nagisa Oshima, died Dec 15 at hospital in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, due to complications arising from pneumonia. He was 80 years old. Oshima was born in KyotoView More >

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Shomei Tomatsu (1930-2012)

One of Japan’s most distinguished photographers, Shomei Tomatsu, died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Naha, Okinawa, on Dec 14, 2012, it has been revealed. He was 82 years old. Known for investigating the landscape of postwar Japan,View More >

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Shizuko Watari (1932-2012)

The founder and director of the private Watari-um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Shizuko Watari died Dec 1 of heart failure at a hospital in Tokyo. She was 80 years old. From 1972 to 1989, Watari was the director ofView More >

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