Chichu Art Museum

Artist

Claude Monet

Five paintings from the Water Lilies series produced by the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet in his last years can be enjoyed in the natural light of the museum. The size of the room, its design, and the materials used were selected to integrate Monet's works with the surrounding space.

Claude Monet
Five paintings from the Water Lilies series produced by the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet in his last years can be enjoyed in the natural light of the museum. The size of the room, its design, and the materials used were selected to integrate Monet's works with the surrounding space.
Works
  • Water-Lily Pond C.1915-26
  • Water-Lilies, Cluster of Grass , 1914-17
  • Water-Lilies , 1914-17
  • Water-Lily Pond , 1917-19
  • Water Lilies, Reflections of Weeping Willows , 1916-19

Walter De Maria

An art space containing a sphere 2.2 meters in diameter and 27 gilded wooden geometric forms was created under the direction of Walter De Maria, an artist who conceives an entire space as an artwork. The viewer experiences this space exclusively in the natural light from the ceiling, which produces dramatic changes in the room's illumination, depending on the hour.

Walter De Maria
Born in 1935 in Albany, California. Studied history and obtained a master's degree in art at the University of California, Berkeley from 1953 to 1959. Died in 2013 (at age 77).

Significant Works: The Lightning Field (1977, New Mexico), The New York Earth Room (1977, New York), The Broken Kilometer (1979, New York), Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown (2000, Naoshima).

Works
  • Time/Timeless/No Time , 2004

James Turrell

James Turrell presents light in itself as art. The museum has selected three works from representative series created by Turrell from the beginning of his career to the present, enabling visitors to experience the changes in his work throughout the years.
Open Sky (2004,Naoshima) can be viewed at anytime, but a special sunset viewing, Night Program, is also available. Click here to Night Program information

  • Reservations are required to view Night Program.
  • Reservations are accepted starting three months before the desired date.
  • Reservations are no longer accepted when maximum capacity (25 persons) is reached.
  • An extra ¥500 is required in addition to the museum entrance fee that day.
  • Available on Fridays and Saturdays (and on Sundays from July to November).
James Turrell
Born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. BA in perceptual psychology and mathematics, Pomona College (1965), followed by graduate studies in art history at the University of California, Irvine (1965-66).
MFA, Claremont Graduate School (1973). Began the Roden Crater project in 1979. Currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Significant Works: Roden Crater (1979 to present, Arizona), Sky Space (1986, P.S. 1, New York), Backside of the Moon (1999, Naoshima), House of Light (2000, Niigata).

Works
  • Afrum, Pale Blue , 1968
  • Open Field , 2000
  • Open Sky , 2004

Architect

Tadao Ando

Using concrete, the main material employed in Tadao Ando's architecture, iron, glass, and wood, the design of the Chichu Art Museum is reduced to the very limit. Built entirely underground, the museum balances the contradictory qualities of non-monumentality and architecturality.

Tadao Ando
Born in Osaka, 1941. Established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. Architect and Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo. Recipient of many Japanese and international awards, including the Gold Medal of UIA (International Union of Architects, 2005) and the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1995).

Significant Works: Children's Museum (1989, Hyogo), Church of Light (1989, Osaka), Benesse House Museum (1992, Naoshima), Awaji-Yumebutai (2000, Awaji Island), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2002, Texas), Chichu Art Museum (2004, Naoshima).