Exhibition / Robin Boyd and Japan – online

Takara Beautilion, Expo 70, Osaka (Kisho Kurokawa. 1970) Photo: Robin Boyd, 1969, Source: Robin Boyd Found

In August 1961, Robin Boyd travelled to Japan for the first time. In a period of turmoil for his architectural practice, Boyd’s reputation as a writer was on the rise. This trip, sparked by a commission to write the book Kenzo Tange (1962), began an engagement with Japanese architecture that would grow deeper and more nuanced through the 1960s. From his subsequent visit to Tokyo in 1965, through his work on New Directions in Japanese Architecture (1968) and as Australia’s Exhibits Architect at Expo 70 in Osaka, Boyd would visit, think, and write about Japan with a sympathetic outsider’s lens until his death in 1971.

Robin Boyd & Japan tells the story of Boyd’s connection to Japan through his objects, influences and relationships. Created by the Robin Boyd Foundation’s Research and Collections team to highlight items in the Walsh Street Archive, the stories presented are interlinked and enriched by original research, diving deep into this little-explored aspect of Boyd’s life and work. 

Robin Boyd & Japan Online Exhibition / https://www.robinboydandjapan.org.au/