Samurai: Art of Armor at LACMA

For this landmark exhibition, WHY worked closely with LACMA’s curatorial team to explore the evolution of Samurai material culture. The organizing structure for the exhibit is a procession of Samurai, brought to life through narrative, light, and pageantry.

The Resnick Pavilion is defined by a series of skylights which cast intense north light upon the space – an important consideration, given that several of the artifacts are extremely light-sensitive. WHY turned to the subject matter of the exhibition for a solution, covering the skylights and placing red gels over the interior lighting to cast a warlike glow. The dramatic result heightens the senses, referencing the militant origin of the collection and Japan’s symbolic association with the red rising sun.

Key info
Design Architect
Executed by WHY Architecture Workshop Inc.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2015
  • 15,000 sq. ft.
Planner, Exhibition Designer
LACMA Design Department and Curators
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