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Japan at the Barbican, Summer 2011


Japan features prominently in the Barbican's programme this summer, with two notable events taking place. For film fans, Barbican Cinema's Watch Me Move - On the Big Screen anime season is a showcase for some of the best anime films to come out of Japan. Meanwhile, at The Curve, the Barbican's free exhibition space, acclaimed architect Junya Ishigami creates Architecture as Air, his very first installation in the UK.


Watch Me Move
Barbican Cinema
June - July 2011


Fans of anime and newcomers to the genre alike can expect a real treat this summer as Barbican Film presents Watch Me Move - On the Big Screen, a special animation season. The programme explores the work of some of the world's most influential filmmakers including Japan's Studio Ghibli (6 - 31 July). It is a showcase for brand new films such as Studio Ghiblis latest film, Arrietty, as well as classics from Japan, and around the world.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Ten years after bringing Studio Ghibli to London for the first time, Barbican Film celebrates their groundbreaking work with a programme of rarely-screened gems such as Grave of Fireflies (1988), Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Porco Rossi (1992) as well as their latest release, Arrietty (2010), and their better-known titles such as My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001).


Complementing the animation season, Barbican Art Gallery will be displaying the animation exhibition Watch Me Move - The Animation Show, which explores the relationship between animation and film, from 15 June to 11 September.


For a full schedule, visit http://www.barbican.org.uk/film



Junya Ishigami
Architecture as Air

28 June - 16 October 2011

The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London. Admission Free

Supported by the Japan Foundation, SHISEIDO Co. Ltd and Arts Council England


Internationally-acclaimed Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is one of the most pioneering architects of his generation. Born in Japan in 1974, he acquired a master's degree in architecture and planning at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and went on to work with Pritzker Prize winners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa at SANAA. Architecture as Air is his very first installation in the UK. Built in response to The Curve's distinctive space, the structure comprises a single curved line of delicate four-metre columns running the entire 80-metre length of the gallery, which appear to be held in place by air and atmosphere alone.

Photo credit: Lyndon Douglas Courtesy: Barbican Art Gallery

Known for his meticulous architectural and engineering research, experimentation and precision, Ishigami first came to public attention in 2005 with Table, a work made from a sheet of pre-pressed steel which undulated at the lightest touch. The first major building he completed was KAIT - a new studio building on the campus of Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Tokyo. He also created a new store for the Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto by slicing through a 1950s single-storey brick building in New York's Meatpacking district.

For more details, visit www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery