Museums are often conveniently located in cities or easily reached by public transport.
Japan’s famous “art island” however, requires more dedication. In addition to riding a train or driving a car to Okayama city, visitors have to board a ferry to access Naoshima’s cultural offerings.
“I’m always thinking of ways to excite people,” the 76-year-old told CNN in his Osaka studio. “Every year, I plant 50-centimeter trees. Eventually, the buildings are hidden in nature.”
1/6 – Lee Ufan Museum
The Korean artist Lee Ufan worked with Tadao Ando on the Lee Ufan Museum on Naoshima, which was completed in 2010. Ando says the pair had “creative tension,” which resulted in creating a “new world” for visitors to experience. “Artists and architects always fight. They think differently and that’s why they clash. We clash, and each of us tries to move forward. That’s where the spark happens. If this dynamic didn’t exist, we wouldn’t have great architecture.” Credit: Tadasu Yamamoto
The images, which themselves depict the horizon and ocean, capture the power of nature and the passing of time — two forces that Ando knows will eventually transform the concrete walls from which they hang.
Ando also takes an architectural approach when considering art, using design elements to mentally prepare visitors to see certain works. His provocative concrete passageways, for example, are deftly angled to allow sunlight to pour through.
“It’s important you enter while imagining what lies on the other side,” Ando explains.
Watch the video above to find out more about the Tadao Ando’s museums on Naoshima. The island’s museums were designed by Ando and commissioned by Benesse Art Site Naoshima.
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