1920–2020 PRAGUE–TOKYO / Exchanges, Parallels, Common Visions

Published September 21, 2021

The Publication: 1920–2020 PRAGUE–TOKYO / Exchanges, Parallels, Common Visions was published as a part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of relations between Japan and the Czech Republic.

The 320-page publication presents architecture over the centuries, from the Japanese buildings of Jan Letzel, Bedřich Feuerstein, and especially Antonín Raymond, who is described as one of the founders of modern architecture in Japan, to the current work of the young generation. Readers will get acquainted with the responses of Japanese art to the Czech avant-garde, the influence of Villa Kacura in the postwar period, the urban development of Japanese cities, utopian visions of superstructures towering over cities from the 1960s, relationship to art or attitudes to traditional architecture, regionalism or sustainability. The space is also dedicated to the successful Czechoslovak pavilion at Expo 70 in Osaka, the importance of glass art, the reflection of Japanese gardens, but also the aesthetics and architecture of the tea ceremony, the care of monuments, or the specific concept of the space ma. The listed thematic areas are also accompanied by a number of reproductions of works of art and photographs by Czech and Japanese authors. Several chapters in the form of an interview with architects and theorists can be interesting to readers, for example, an exclusive interview with Fujimori Terunobu and Vladimír Šlapeta.

TEXTS: Helena Čapková, Vlasta Čiháková Noshiro, Fujimori Terunobu, Milan Hlaveš, Kuma Kengo, Dan Merta, Terezie Nekvindová, Osamu Okamura, Klára Pučerová, David Vávra, Jan Vranovský, Karel Vranovský, Liana Rosinová, Sakurai Yoshio, Petr Stolín, Filip Šenk, Vladimír Šlapeta, Petr Šmídek, Adam Štěch, Aleš Trnka, Zdeňka Němcová Zedníčková