Benesse Art Site Naoshima

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ANDO MUSEUM

A Tadao Ando-designed inner space, framed by unadorned concrete walls, infuses new life in this about 100-year-old traditional wooden house in Honmura. Here, contrasting elements of past/present, wood/concrete, light/shadow overlap in this space which condenses the essence of Tadao Ando's architecture. Learn about Ando's work and Naoshima history through photographs, sketches, and models, and see how the museum itself has revived this venerable old house.

Hours & Admission

Hours:
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.)
Closed:
Mondays
*Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
Open Days Calendar
Admission:
JPY510
*free for children 15 and under
ANDO MUSEUM

ArchitectTadao Ando

In the ANDO MUSEUM, I nestled a concrete box within the old minka house. The box has a gently curved ceiling. One of its walls aligns with the main axis of the house and is tilted towards the ridge- beam to generate a feeling of openness that extends dynamically into the space above. Sunlight descends down through the deep space from a skylight opening at the top of the wooden roof. My aim was to create a space that conjures a rich sense of depth despite its small size, where oppositional elements such as the past and present, wood and concrete, and light and shadow clash intensely as they are superimposed against each other.

Architect Tadao Ando

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).

StoreANDO MUSEUM Store

The store offers signed publications related to the architect as well as a range of original items signed or with a drawing by the architect.

Hours:
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed:
The Shop is closed when the museum is closed.
Tel:
+81-(0)87-892-3754 (Fukutake Foundation)
Le Bon Marche JPY2,000(tax included)
Le Bon Marche JPY2,000(tax included)

This is the official catalog of an exhibition for Tadao Ando and Naoshima architecture held by Le Bon Marche in France to commemorate 90 years of Franco-Japanese cultural relations. Bilingual English and French text.

Naoshima postcard set / Chichu Art Museum postcard set  set of 6 cards JPY800(tax included)
Naoshima postcard set / Chichu Art Museum postcard set  set of 6 cards JPY800(tax included)

This six-card set features photographs of the Chichu Art Museum and architecture designed by Tadao Ando on Naoshima. Personally autographed by Tadao Ando.

Information

If visiting the museum in a group (10 or more people)

We request that visitors in groups not enter all at once. Space is limited in hallways, on stairs, and in exhibition areas. Some group members can visit nearby Art House Project sites while others visit the museum.

Facilities and Services

  • ・There is no restroom in the museum. There is no restroom in the museum. A public restroom is available next to the Art House Project site "Minamidera".
For visitors with babies or small children
  • ・We request that visitors do not bring baby carriages into the museum. Please note there are stairs inside the museum.
  • ・There is no nursing room nor a changing table in the museum.
Accessibility
  • ・Handicapped visitors and visitors using wheelchairs or canes should contact the museum before their visit. We will offer advice individually.
About admission

・No discounts are offered for groups and holders of Disability Certificates (Physical Disability Certificates, Rehabilitation Certificates, or Mental Disability Certificates) are not granted free entry.
・We accept the following credit cards: AMEX, Diners, JCB, Master Card, NICOS, VISA

Requests to visitors

When visiting the museum
  • ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be left at the Ticket Center.
  • ・Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • ・Smoking is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・The use of cell phones is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・Other than in the cafe, visitors may not eat (including candy, gum, boxed lunches, etc.) or drink on the museum premises.
When viewing the artworks
  • ・Please do not touch the walls, the glass, or the artworks themselves.
  • ・Please do not take photographs, videos, or make sketches in the museum. Visitors are also requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc.

For visitors intending to visit the museum during the most crowded period (March to November)

In order to ensure a comfortable viewing experience for everyone, there may be times when we restrict the number of visitors entering the museum.
During peak times we will distribute waiting numbers to visitors at the ANDO MUSEUM ticket counter.

About the waiting numbers
  • ・The time at which you will be able to purchase a museum entrance ticket is printed on the waiting number.
  • ・Each visitor must have a waiting number. Please take one waiting number each person in your group, including small children.
  • ・Please come to the ANDO MUSEUM ticket counter at the time within the waiting number you are given. At this time, you will be able to purchase an entrance ticket and enter the museum.
  • ・Waiting numbers are only distributed on the day of the visit. They cannot be issued or distributed in advance.

Contact

736-2 Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3754 (Fukutake Foundation)
Fax. +81-(0)87-840-8285
Inquiry form

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