Widely considered to be the world’s best museum for contemporary art, Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando and nestled deep underground on the island of Naoshima, is both an intimate environment and a world-class institution.
De Maria’s installation consists of a central, polished granite sphere of 2,2 meters in diameter, combined with 27 gilded geometric sculptures strategically positioned around the room. The natural light that enters the room through various openings in the ceiling creates spectacular lighting effects that vary throughout the day.
Throughout his entire artistic life, James Turrell has worked directly with light and space to create mind-bending installations which challenge viewers’ perceptions. Chichu Art Museum hosts three different installations that mark the distinct phases of Turrell’s artistic research. When visitors enter Afrum – Pale Blue (1968) they see a blue shape, which starts appearing out of thin air, creating the impression of having mass and weight while it is in fact pure light.
The Monet space at Chichu is the perfect setting for the unique and crafted nature of Water Lilies, since it shows the paintings enveloped by the museum’s natural light.
The artistry shown by Japanese architect Tadao Ando in designing Chichu has earned him an honorary spot amongst the artists of the museum. Chichu is considered a work of art in its own right. The quiet strength of the architectural details, the way the museum fuses with the natural environment of the island of Naoshima, and the delicate balance between concrete, iron, glass, and wood, and most importantly light, lends Chichu a place among the most powerful cultural and artistic experiences in the world.
For more information on visits and exhibitions, please visit the Chichu Art Museum’s website.
10.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (Last admittance: 5.00 p.m.) March 1 – September 3010.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. (Last admittance: 4.00 p.m.) October 1 – last day of February