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When Robin Boyd Went to Japan | Exhibition

Sun February 18th @ 10:00 am - Sun March 10th @ 4:00 pm AEDT

Robin Boyd visited Japan in the 1960s, wrote about Japanese architects of that time, and was Exhibition Architect for the Australian Pavilion at the Osaka Expo ‘70.

This inhabitation of Walsh Street has been inspired by thinking about everyday life in Japan during the period Boyd was visiting and writing about Japanese architecture. The 1960s was an era when Japanese architects’ voices were beginning to be heard internationally; Boyd was both part of the dissemination of knowledge regarding Japanese design, and indisputably influenced by the work he saw. A significant topic of discussion within Japanese design culture at the time was how the beauty and specificity of everyday life in Japan could be retained whilst huge post-war social and economic change was taking place; urban reconstruction, modernisation and westernisation all at once. 

Physical models of selected Japanese architect-designed houses from the 1950s to 1970s are presented, as well as 1:1 adaptations of Walsh Street, including bringing Japanese designer items into the home and making a library space for displaying documents from Boyd’s travels. We can imagine the kinds of cultural interactions Boyd engaged in.

Curated by Marika Neustupny and Nigel Bertram, When Robin Boyd Went to Japan is a collaboration between the Robin Boyd Foundation, NMBW Architecture Studio and CIBI.

All tickets include:
– cold brew sencha tea and senbei
– exhibition catalogue

Explore our program of pop-up talks and activities below.
All pop-up talks and activities are included in the session ticket price.
For group, studio or student visits please contact: josephine@robinboyd.org.au

Opening Hours:
1 – 4 pm Wednesday – Friday
10 am – 4 pm Saturday – Sunday
Closed Monday – Tuesday


Wednesday 6 March

Thank you to our program partners NMBW Architecture Studio, CIBI, MPavilion, MADA Monash University, University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Australian Tapestry Workshop, National Gallery of Victoria, RMIT Design Archives, State Library of Victoria, Mainroad Marketing, Konpira Maru Wines, Four Pillars Gin and Molly Rose Brewing.

The Robin Boyd Foundation would like to acknowledge Aidan Hoyne, Alex Martin, Asma Marikkar, Hajar El-Hennawi, Heliang Sun, Jackson Miller-Gage, Natasha Vujmilovic, Noah Stone, Leon Zhou, Oscar Chan, Sachio Alfonso,  Tayanah Tosevski, Trisha Pheh, Dayne Trower, Laura Harper, Kerry Landman, Jonathan Russell, Diana Galimova, Inneke Wagner, Laurie Liu, Michael Jensma, Phillip Pender, Robert Davidov, Shirin Kilinc, Sylvia Lu, Wenqin Sheng, and the Japanese Consulate, Melbourne for their contributions to the exhibition.

Before your visit, please note:
– Attendees must be 16 years and over.
– No external food or drink is permitted.
– Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
– Stiletto or pointed heels are not permitted due to our cork flooring.
– Tickets are refundable up to 72 hours prior to the event.
– Tickets may be exchanged as long as the purchaser advises us of the new attendee’s name via email.

We offer discounted tickets to RBF Friends and Boyd Circle members – support the Foundation and join today.


Sun February 18th @ 10:00 am AEDT
Sun March 10th @ 4:00 pm AEDT


Robin Boyd Foundation


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