1972/Nakagin Capsule Tower
As part of the exhibition 1972/Accumulations, we are offering three signed prints by photographer Noritaka Minami of his decade-long documentation of Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo.
All proceeds support the exhibition 1972/Accumulations on display the MAS Context Reading Room between September 22 and December 8, 2022.
This exhibition features all of the capsules documented by Noritaka Minami at the Nakagin Capsule Tower over the course of a decade until the building’s demolition in 2022. Completed in 1972 by the architect Kisho Kurokawa, the Nakagin Capsule Tower was one of the few proposals realized through the architectural movement Metabolism in the 1960s. As a building attached with 140 removable apartment units, it embodied the future of urban living envisioned by Kurokawa at that moment in postwar Japan. Furthermore, the building was a reminder of a future that was never realized in society at large and stood as an architectural anachronism within the city of Tokyo.
These items are shipped within the US only.
Archival pigment print on Ultra Premium Luster
16 inches x 20 inches (40 x 51 cm)
Edition of 5 + 2 Artist's Proofs
Noritaka Minami is a visual artist based in Chicago. Minami uses photography to examine spaces that exist as anachronisms in the landscape and are overlooked for their significances in understanding contemporary society. He received a BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. He is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Santo Foundation, and Center for Cultural Innovation. Minami’s works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and Center for Photography at Woodstock. In 2015, Kehrer Verlag published his monograph titled 1972 – Nakagin Capsule Tower, which received the 2015 Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2022, he was commissioned by the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University to document the architectural works of John Andrews for its forthcoming publication Architect of Uncommon Sense. He is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago. He has also taught photography at Harvard University, Wellesley College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine.