Architecture Exhibitions International

S AM – Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum Basel

Tsuyoshi Tane
Archaelogy of the future

Oct 17, 2020–Feb 28, 2021
Estonian National Museum | Tartu, Estonia | 2006-16 photo: Eesti Rahva Muuseum / courtesy of DGT

What role can architecture play in mediating between the past and the future? This is a question that the architect Tsuyoshi Tane (b. Tokyo, 1979) has consistently engaged with throughout his international body of work. Each project by the Paris-based practice Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects begins with an intensive research phase meant to excavate the memories embedded in a place and integrate these into the creative process: a method the architect terms the ‘Archaeology of the Future’.

This exhibition presents the diversity of the architect’s work – ranging from intimate interiors to the Estonian National Museum – and renders his methodology tangible. Thematic ‘clouds’ of reference images and sketches are brought together with ‘archaeological’ artefacts and elaborate architectural models in a cabinet of curiosities tracing how Tane’s ideas take form. The projects are further documented in an immersive film installation.

Poetic in mode and comprehensive in scope, this exhibition provides a unique perspective on the value of history in contemporary architecture.

This exhibition takes place under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan in Switzerland.