Contemporary Japanese Architecture Exhibition ''Parallel Nippon'' opened on May 10


On the occasion of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and BiH, a  contemporary Japanese Architecture exhibition was opened on May 10, at the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Divided into four thematic sections: Urban Cycle, Life Cycle, Culture Cycle and Living Cycle, the exhibition features designs of Japan's most renowned architects such as Kenzo Tange, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando, SANAA, and others. 

Ambassador Kazuya Ogawa, Ministar of Culture and Sport of Sarajevo Canton Mr. Mirvad Kurić and a renowned BiH architect Mr. Amir Vuk Zec opened the exhibition.

In his speech, Ambassador Ogawa explained the exhibition's socio-historical background, and announced a symposium on the Japanese architecture with a renowned Japanese professor Yusuke Obuchi to be held on May 26, at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo. Mr. Ogawa also expressed hope that the exhibition and the upcoming symposium will contribute to the BiH citizens' understanding of Japan from an architectural perspective.

Minister Kurić stressed a good and long-term cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Sarajevo Canton and the Embassy of Japan in BiH, expressing his satisfaction that this exhibition is taking place in Sarajevo.

Mr. Amir Vuk Zec held a fascinating short lecture on the traditional Japanese philosophy, architecture, and works of the most renowned Japanese architects, drawing a parrallel between the traditional lifestyles of Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The opening was well attended and all participants enjoyed the event.

The exhibition runs until May 31, 2016. Entrance is free.