An unforgettable experience on a unique island. If you only visit one place on the island of Naoshima, make it the Chichu Art Museum. Naoshima is the island located in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea and in the Shikoku region that has been a contemporary art haven for more than 20 years and has gained international fame in recent years. It is not a coincidence as the impressionist painter is one of the only three artists showcased in the museum. Five of his Water Lilies paintings can be admired in a room that was specially designed for them, in order to be able to experience them as the artist intended, in natural light. The third artist is Walter de Maria.

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Chichu Art Museum was constructed in as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. The museum was built mostly underground to avoid affecting the beautiful natural scenery of the Seto Inland sea. Despite being primarily subterranean, the museum lets in an abundance of natural light that changes the appearance of the artworks and the ambience of the space itself with the passage of time, throughout the day and all along the four seasons of the year.

Taking form as the artists and architect bounced ideas off each other, the museum in its entirety can be seen as a very large site-specific artwork. Transition to reservation system starting on August 1st, Buy online tickets here.

Five paintings from the Water Lilies series produced by the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet in his later years can be enjoyed under natural light in the museum.

The size of the room, its design and the materials used all were carefully selected to unite the Monet paintings with the surrounding space. Claude Monet Born in Paris, Died at the age of 86 at his house in Giverny in Monet kept painting this setting as a motif until his last years.

The entire art space, containing a sphere 2. Viewers experience this space under the natural light coming in from the ceiling, producing dramatic changes in the room's illumination depending on the hour. Studied history and obtained a master's degree in art at the University of California, Berkeley from to Died in at age Light itself is presented as art in James Turrell's work.

Open Sky is on view during the museum's regular opening hours, but a special sunset viewing, Night Program, is also available. Click here for more information on the Night Program. BA in perceptual psychology and mathematics, Pomona College , followed by graduate studies in art history at the University of California, Irvine Began the Roden Crater project in Currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Using solely concrete - the main material employed in Ando's architecture - steel, glass and wood, the design of the Chichu Art Museum is reduced to the very minimum.

Built almost entirely underground, the museum balances the contradictory qualities of being both non-monumental but highly architectural. Tadao Ando Born in Osaka, Architect and Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo. The cafe overlooks the picturesque scenery of the Inland Sea, and the open patio affords a taste of the great outdoors. Relaxing in the cafe is a perfect way to end your museum visit. The museum shop attached to the Chichu Art Museum. The Chichu store sells merchandise that bring visitors closer to the museum, including books published by the museum itself, photography collections, and original goods.

Not only for glasses, but for use with products such as LCD screens as well. Beyond the celebrated artist, Claude Monet also was a knowledgeable cook. Our original cookies and jam are based on the recipes left behind by the artist. Particular attention was paid to using ingredients and cooking methods faithful to the artist's lifetime.

Chichu Garden consists of nearly kinds of flowers and trees similar to those planted at Giverny by Claude Monet, whose work is in the museum collection. Here, visitors can enjoy signs of the seasons throughout the year in flora ranging from the water lilies that Monet painted in his later years to willows, irises, and other plants.

The garden affords a tangible experience of the nature Monet sought to capture in his paintings. Private tours can be booked by visitors who wish to deepen their experience of the art on display in the museum. Members of the Chichu Art Museum staff guide visitors personally during these tours, offering valuable insight into the art. Note: Reservations are accepted starting two months before the desired date. Reservations are no longer accepted when maximum capacity is reached.

James Turrell's Open Sky installation can be viewed at any time during museum open hours , but you can also enjoy the serenity of a special minute sunset viewing Night Program. Upon reviewing the current method of handling group reservations at Chichu Art Museum in order to maintain the ideal environment for visitors and ensure traffic safety on the island, we have decided to require tour groups to follow the same admission procedures as individuals with effect from April 1st Wednesday , From April 1st, Chichu Art Museum will accept the use of online tickets and Lee Ufan Museum will split large groups into smaller groups of 8 or fewer visitors.

If we find out the case, we may not accept your entry at the reserved time. We ask for your understanding. We will support you as much as possible when you visit us, so please contact and discuss directly with our facilities. Last admittance: p. October 1 - last day of February a.

Artist Claude Monet. Water-Lily Pond C. Artist Walter De Maria. Artist James Turrell. Architect Tadao Ando. Last order: p. October 1-end of February a. Program Private Tours. Program Open Sky Night Program by reservation only. The program is viewed seated. Visitors are requested to view other artworks during regular opening hours, or to visit again on the following day re-entry is possible with the same admission ticket.

Until March 31, , please visit the following website to apply Group Booking. Contact us : In order to ensure a smooth admission, groups of 9 or more visitors who intend to visit Chichu Art Museum are advised to contact us in advance using the " Benesse Art Site Naoshima Group Advance Notice Form.

Inquiry : Tel. Baby slings can also be borrowed at the reception desk. For handicapped visitors 1 Accessibility Due to characteristics of facility, some places are not accessible for visitors with disabilities and special needs. To make your visit more relaxing, we recommend for your visit that you wear shoes that are easy to take off and put on again.

These should be placed in coin lockers or left at the Ticket Center. Visitors are also requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc. Contact Naoshima, Kagawa Japan Tel.


Chichu Art Museum

A museum buried in the hills of Naoshima yet bathed in natural light, the Chichu Art Museum uses this paradox to better showcase the beauty of its art. With Chichu Art Museum, Ando sought to revolutionize the relationship between people, works of art and nature, creating a museum that merges with the natural environment without disrupting it. The museum remains in the style of Ando: unpainted raw materials and fusion between earth, air and water. The peculiarity of Chichu Art Museum is that it can be considered a work of art in itself, since the museum was designed and created to house the works on display. Having to wear slippers to visit parts of the museum makes it feel a little like prison!


The World's Best Museum: Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima

The museum building, designed by Ando Tadao and itself a work of art, is mostly located underground and solely utilizes natural light to illuminate the artwork. This creates a viewing experience that is heavily influenced by the surrounding natural environment. The museum has been built around a rather small collection of art. The first gallery displays large murals from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series. This is followed by a few works by James Turrell, who uses light as a medium.


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It was designed by architect Tadao Ando and opened to the public on July 18, The subterranean museum is under the administration of the Fukutake 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," [1] and is one of several arts-related sites generating tourist interest in the area. Despite its position buried underground, the design of the building is such that it facilitates the exclusive use of natural light to illuminate a number of the exhibits, changing their appearance at different viewing times throughout the day and, in essence, encompassing the building itself within the same realm as the art on display.

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