Vladimir Ossipoff exhibition
First National Bank Branc, Kalihi, Honolulu, 1961. Image: Victoria Sambunaris, 2005

Vladimir Ossipoff exhibition


Just like you can't say you know European Modernism if you don’t know your Le Corbusier, you can never really profess to know Hawaiian architecture if you haven’t had the chance to admire the work of Vladimir Ossipoff (1907-1998).

Ossipoff Click here to see a selection of Vladimir Ossipoff's work

Born in Russia, raised in Japan, and educated in California before settling and setting up his practice in Hawaii, Ossipoff is considered one of the greatest local architects, having designed a series of iconic modern Hawaiian homes. His numerous projects include the honeycomb façade of his favourite IBM building (1962), the Ossipoff house (1958), and also schools, churches, private clubs and the 1970s modernization of the Honolulu International Airport.

Nearly 10 years after Ossipoff’s death, the Honolulu Academy of Arts is organising a big retrospective exhibition of the architect’s built masterpieces, guest-curated by Dean Sakamoto, and based on original research from the architect’s personal and professional archives.

A unique mix of beautiful archive images, and specially produced new pictures by New York-based photographer Victoria Sambunaris, showcases the combination of Western modernist values and the regional concerns and different climatic and cultural needs of the Pacific islands.

Honolulu may be a dream destination for most, but if a trip there is not in your immediate plans, the Yale University Press, New Haven and Honolulu Academy of Arts are co-publishing a wonderful exhibition catalogue, and the show itself will soon be travelling to the Yale School of Architecture Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut next autumn, and to the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt in spring 2009.

Alternatively, check out a selection of Ossipoff's works in our exclusive gallery, by clicking here.


Hawaii Modern: the Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff

Event dates
28 November 2007 to 27 January 2008
1.808 532 8700
Honolulu Academy of Arts
900 South Beretania
Honolulu, HI 96814
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