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The Records of Yasuo Moriyama

As you enter the gallery, you step inside the house of Yasuo Moriyama. Instantly recognisable for its unique architecture, designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa, built of ten individual units and recreated 1:1 in our Art Gallery, you get to experience what a day in the life of Moriyama would feel like.

From the kitchen to the bathroom, study to bedroom, as you explore the different rooms within the house you’ll be able to browse Moriyama’s shelves, cupboards and displays, filled with books, films and records to give you an insight into his life.


Here’s a sample of some of the records you’ll hear playing and find stacked on shelves around the Moriyama House in the exhibition.

Selection of Albums in the Moriyama House:

Takehisa Kosugi, Catch Wave

Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation

Ryoji Ikeda, Supercodex

Arthur Russell, World of Echo

John Cage, Cheap Imitation

Glenn Gould, J.S.Bach Goldberg Variations BMW.988 : 1955

Brian Eno, Ambient 1 Music for Airports

Derek Bailey, Improvisation (Cramps Label)

Otomo Yoshihide, Ensemble Cathode

Sainkho Namtchylak, Stepmother City


Did you hear or find any other favourites on your visit? Let us know on #TheJapaneseHouse and we’ll add them to our Moriyama Spotify playlist.

Share your photos from the exhibition on @BarbicanCentre #TheJapaneseHouse

Lead photo: Film still from Beka & Lemoine’s Moriyama-san, a documentary about the man inside the house, screening as part of The Japanese House exhibition.

The Japanese House: Life and Architecture after 1945 is now open, until 23 June 2017

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