17.10.2020 - 28.02.2021

Tsuyoshi Tane: Archaeology of the Future

What role can architecture play in mediating between the past and the future? This is a question that the architect Tsuyoshi Tane (b. Tokyo, 1979) has consistently engaged with throughout his international body of work. Each project by the Paris-based practice Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects begins with an intensive research phase meant to excavate the memories embedded in a place and integrate these into the creative process: a method the architect terms the ‘Archaeology of the Future’.

This exhibition presents the diversity of the architect’s work – ranging from intimate interiors to the Estonian National Museum – and renders his methodology tangible. Thematic ‘clouds’ of reference images and sketches are brought together with ‘archaeological’ artefacts and elaborate architectural models in a cabinet of curiosities tracing how Tane’s ideas take form. The projects are further documented in an immersive film installation.

Poetic in mode and comprehensive in scope, this exhibition provides a unique perspective on the value of history in contemporary architecture.

This exhibition takes place under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan in Switzerland.

photo credits:
1. Estonian National Museum, Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects © Propapanda
2. Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects
3. Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art / Hirosaki, Japan / 2020, photo: Daici Ano

Supporters «Tsuyoshi Tane: Archaeology of the Future»:

Exhibition Supporters:
Sulger Stiftung
Schweizerisch - Japanische Gesellschaft

S AM Supporters:
Abteilung Kultur des Kantons Basel-Stadt
Christoph Merian Stiftung

S AM Sponsors:
ComputerWorks AG
Zumtobel Licht AG
Gremper AG

S AM Partners:
SIA Schweizerischer Ingenieur und Architektenverein
Levante Software
Karl Bubenhofer AG

S AM Media Partner:

Accompanying Programme (flyer)

Opening: 16/10/2020, 7 pm
with a welcome address by Aki Sugaya, Director of the Japan Information and Cultural Centre of the Embassy of Japan in Switzerland and speeches by Tsuyoshi Tane, Andreas Ruby, Director S AM, and Andreas Kofler, Curator S AM 

‘On the Visual Atlas’: 26/10/2020, 7 pm
Roundtable discussion with F.A.T. (Forum for Architecture Theory) and Mariabruna Fabrizi (Microcities/SOCKS)
Registration (limited to 25 participants)
Admission: free

Introduction for teachers: 28/10/2020,
4:45–5:45 PM

Admission: free

Public guided tours: 5/11, 10/12/2020, 7/1, 10/2/2021, 6 pm
in German, except for 7/1/2021 in English
Admission: CHF 12 (red. CHF 8)
Tour free

Family Sunday: 15/11/2020, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Tour for parents and workshop for children aged 5-11
Language: German
Admission: children CHF 5, adults CHF 12

‘Archaeology of the Future’: 26/11/2020, 7 pm
Lecture by Tsuyoshi Tane
Venue: Ackermannshof, St. Johanns-Vorstadt 21, Basel
Admission: CHF 12 (red. CHF 8)

‘Context, Pretext, Subtext’: 4/2/2021, 7 pm
Short lectures by Tsuyoshi Tane, Emanuel Christ (Christ & Gantenbein) and Catherine Gay (GayMenzel), followed by a discussion moderated by Andreas Ruby
Venue: SILO by TALENT, Signalstrasse 37, Basel
Admission: CHF 12 (red. CHF 8)

Wednesday Matinée: 17/2/2021, 10 am – 12 noon
Language: German
Admission: CHF 10 (red. CHF 5)


Due to the current social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all of our events have limited capacity and prior registration is mandatory. Please register by writing to event@sam-basel.org with your full name and telephone number, and the event title in the subject line.


Upcoming exhibitions

20.03. - 15.08.2021

Access for All: São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures

Opening: 19/3/2021, 7 PM

This exhibition presents architecture and infrastructural projects in São Paulo from the 1950s to today, focussing on how architecture interweaves with the city and how these structures provide safe and inclusive spaces of encounter through various publicly accessible functions. An exhibition by the Architekturmuseum der TU München, adapted and expanded by the S AM together with the Institute of Architecture FHNW.

Photo: Swimming pool on the 13th floor – roof terrace of the SESC 24 de Maio, São Paulo © Ciro Miguel 2018



28.08. - 31.10.2021

Mock Up

Opening: 27/8/2021, 7 PM

In architecture, a mock up is a full-size model of a façade or structural component that is manufactured before actual construction begins in order to test or demonstrate a design. This exhibition combines a photographic series by Canadian artist David K. Ross with contributions from architectural offices to provide a multifaceted portrait of this phenomenon, its role in the design process, and its enigmatic allure.

Photo: David K. Ross, “Boltshauser Architekten, Sitterwerk, St. Gallen CH”, from the series “Archetypes”, 2018 © David K. Ross

20.11.2021 - 24.04.2022


Opening: 19/11/2021, 7 PM

Love it or hate it: concrete is everywhere. This exhibition examines this polarising material and its role in the Swiss self-image, challenging popular myths and uncovering surprising connections. A coproduction between the S AM and the gta Archives, Zurich, the Archives de la construction moderne, Lausanne, and the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio.

Photo: The “Zementhalle” by Hans Leuzinger (architect) and Robert Maillart at the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition in Zurich, courtesy ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv