Photos: Mariana Chama | Drawings: Lucas Isawa


On display: from May to June 2008

The show celebrated the centenary of Japanese immigration and brought creative experimentation to the design of the sculpture-lamps created by the artist Lucas Isawa.

Inspired by the koinobori tradition, colored carp of fabric or paper brought to Brazil by Japanese immigrants, the lamps are objects in constant change, either through the breeze that makes them change their position, either by the light that enhances their structure or by their lightness and transparency.

Curated by Marcelo Suzuki, the exhibition offered the public the opportunity to view grouped Japanese lanterns. According to Lucas Isawa, the entire technical tradition of executing these objects is passed on with freedom and formal experimentation of expressive creativity, especially in its design.

However, to make the luminaires, there was an evolution process, because his gaze and, mainly, his hands grasped the structure as independent of the volume that results from the paper lining. This knowledge led to the release of the volume in relation to the structural pieces of tied bamboo.

According to Marcelo Suzuki, the new volume-structure relationship leads to the distance from the object resulting from its initial reference, be it fish, sea animals and any other, leading us to read the sculpture-lamp by itself.

About MCB
The Museum of the Brazilian House, an institution of the Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, is dedicated to the preservation and diffusion of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country specialized in architecture and design. The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes educational service activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of critical thinking on topics such as architecture, urbanism, housing, economics creativity, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its numerous initiatives, the Design MCB Award stands out, the main segment award in the country held since 1986; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve memory about the rich diversity of living in the country.

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