All reviews claude monet natural light tadao ando open sky water lilies white room built underground mind blowing on display an amazing experience ticket. The Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima Island, Japan is one of the most unique art museums in the world. The careful combination of simplicity and intensity in its. Chichu Art Museum, established in , is itself a quintessential site-specific work of art. The museum invites us to rethink our relationship with nature, a central.

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The careful combination of simplicity and intensity in its curation, display, architecture, and design mean that with only three installations, the museum is complete. It begins with the architecture, which is considered the fourth artwork of the secluded Japanese museum.

Chichu Art Museum

Architect Tadao Ando designed the Chichu Art Museum with chichj concerns — first to minimise the chichhu impact of the structure; second, to collaborate with the artists and artworks in the design to be wholly site-specific. Only the entrance level is at ground level, the rest of the multilevelled building is underground.

A now iconic arial photograph of the museum shows the outline of the geometric shapes of the different rooms, disconnected from each other by the passages underground. Tadao Ando took a brutalist-style approach to the Chichu Art Museum, using concrete to create clean lines and in-built decoration.


Every detail has been considered in terms of how it will be experienced by a person moving through the space.

Upon entering the floor immediately slopes away and you follow a concrete corridor downwards, probably missing a left turn and continuing down to the bottom where you find a triangular courtyard of pebbles, the sky far above you. A small figure at the bottom of a well.

The effect draws you in immediately; the curved walls of the first room were designed specifically to guide your line of sight. The room itself is white, with walls of local white coarse sand plaster and floor titled in Bianco Carrara marble.

James Turrell has three works displayed in the Museum. The American artist has been consistently interested in light and how we perceive it. The three works track his experiments over the past thirty years, culminating in Open Fieldfluorescent lights, neon tubesan entirely overwhelming work from It is completely surreal to ascend steps towards a TV screen of blue light, only to step through it and realise it is a room, entirely filled with neon light.

There are no edges or a point of reference, looking back towards the doorway, the entrance room has changed colour and now it looks like the two-dimensional screen. The artist specified all dimensions of this room, everything from the curvature of the walls, to the hidden light source, to the paint on the floor.


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Turrell has long been aware that the setting of an artwork contributes as much to the experience as the artwork itself. The final installation is by American land artist, Walter De Maria. The entire floor is a flight of steps and in centre sits a massive, impassive, black granite sphere.

I would like to call it majestic. At certain times of the day, sunlight enters from a cut in the roof and reflects off the ,useum surface to the gold-leaf rectangles on podiums around the room.

Walter De Maria considers the whole room the artwork, just as the Chichu Art Museum considers the whole building the museum, and after visiting, anyone would consider the whole of Naoshima Island an art experience.

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