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.


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An accompanying travelling exhibition will start on the 8th of September 2023 at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum. This will promote discussion of the book’s content in Switzerland and abroad, fuelling the debate on Swiss architecture.

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