Chichu Art Museum Japan, Tadao Ando Building, Photos, Architect, Naoshima Design

Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima, Japan

Kagawa Prefecture Building: New Japanese Architecture design by Tadao Ando architect

12 Mar 2011

Chichu Art Museum Japan

Date built: 2004

Architect: Tadao Ando

Location: Naoshima island, Kagawa Prefecture, southern Japan

Chichu Art Museum was constructed as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. Artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in this unusual building designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

To ensure that the museum does not affect the beautiful scenery of Naoshima, the majority of the building is located underground on the south side of the island. Despite its positioning, it receives an abundance of natural light, changing the appearance of the artworks and the ambience of the space itself with the passage of the days and the seasons.

The Chichu Art Museum opened to the public on July 18, 2004.

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photographs : FUJITSUKA Mitsumasa

Contact Chichu Art Museum

Address: 3449-1 Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3755

The subterranean museum is administered by the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation, a project of the Benesse Corporation whose president Soichiro Fukutake also acts as director of the facility. It exists as part of an ongoing initiative to “rethink the relationship between nature and people,” and is one of several arts-related sites in the area.

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photographs : FUJITSUKA Mitsumasa

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