Chicu Art Museum

Biography:

Tadao Ando, born September 13, 1941 in Osaka, Japan, is a Japanese architect. Ando has worked as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field. He works primarily in exposed cast-in-place concrete and is renowned for an exemplary craftsmanship. In 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the highest distinction in the field of architecture.

Art work facts:

The Chicu Art Museum is on the island of Naoshima, Japan. It exhibits three permenant installations, by the artists, Claude Monet, Walter De Maria and James Turrell. The museum consists of three concrete voids in the hillside, these are the gallery spaces, these spaces block out any external visual information, the viewer can experience the artwork in its fullest. Ando bound the galleries together with a labyrinthine sequence of spaces—light and dark, open and closed—serving as both passage and destination. Visitors journey to the museum’s remote island to view the art, but they leave impressed with the powerful impact of Ando’s architecture.

Personal response:

In Japanese, the word 'chichu' means 'underground' and one would, therefore, tend to imagine a dark, dim space where natural light is cut off. However, the exhibition spaces themselves let in a vast amount of natural light.

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