The Work of Kisho Kurokawa : Capsule, Metabolism, Spaceframe, Metamorphose

Tokyo: Bijitshu Shuppan Sha, 1970. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio, approx 27 cm x 37 cm, black cloth in clear acetate fitted wrapper under which, in front, is a folded poster and vinyl record in sleeve.  AS NEW COPY in pictorial slipcase, ownership copy of Argentinian-born, American architect Cesar Pelli with his name stamped on the upper right corner of the hot-pink and white pictorial endpaper. 152 pages, in Japanese, with some headings and graphics in English, copiously illustrated. Kisho Kurokawa (?? ??, Kurokawa Kisho) (1934 - 2007) was a leading Japanese architect, probably best known for his design of the Nakagin Capsule Tower, The National Art Center (Tokyo), Nagoya City Art Museum, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport)  and one of the founders of the Metabolist Movement.  Pelli's architecture, too, had enormous international influence, and, in Japan, he designed the US Embassy in Tokyo in 1972 that was completed in 1975. In this book,  Kurokawa stunningly explores the visual and intellectual components of his work and his vision of space and structure in his major commissions.   The book enfolds much like a scrapbook with artwork, architectural sketches and designs by him - in effect a visual opus.   Copies are scarce. The slipcase is a tad soiled, the book as new (poster never unfolded, record never played apparently) with a distinctive provenance.  . Fine / Fine. Item #011775

Price: $2,750.00

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