Arata Isozaki. Re-ruined Hiroshima, project, Hiroshima, Japan (Perspective). 1968

Arata Isozaki Re-ruined Hiroshima, project, Hiroshima, Japan (Perspective) 1968

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Haunted by the remaining destruction of Hiroshima twenty-two years after the atomic bomb was exploded there, Arata Isozaki has projected images of his megastructures onto a photomural of the razed city. In this image his constructions are also in ruins. It is as if he had rebuilt Hiroshima, and it had once again undergone destruction. Ruins provide an important metaphor for Isozaki: "They are dead architecture. Their total image has been lost. The remaining fragments require the operation of the imagination if they are to be restored."

Publication excerpt from an essay by Bevin Cline and Tina di Carlo, in Terence Riley, ed., The Changing of the Avant-Garde: Visionary Architectural Drawings from the Howard Gilman Collection, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2002, p. 101.
Ink and gouache with cut-and-pasted gelatin silver print on gelatin silver print
13 7/8 x 36 7/8" (35.2 x 93.7 cm)
Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation
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© 2019 Arata Isozaki
Architecture and Design

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