Benesse Art Site Naoshima


Lee Ufan Museum

A museum resulting from the collaboration between internationally acclaimed artist Lee Ufan, presently based mainly in Europe, and architect Tadao Ando.
The Ando-designed semi-underground structure houses paintings and sculptures by Lee spanning a period from the 1970s to the present day. Lee's works resonate with Ando's architecture, giving visitors an impression of both stillness and dynamism. Located in a gentle valley surrounded by hills and the ocean, the museum offers a tranquil space where nature, architecture and art come in resonance with each other, inviting to peaceful and quiet contemplation, in a society overflowing with material goods.

Hours & Admission

March 1 - September 30
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 5:30 p.m.)
October 1 - last day of February
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:30 p.m.)
*Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
Open Days Calendar
*free for children 15 and under

*If visiting the museum in a group (9 or more people), Please go to Group Visits.
Lee Ufan Museum

ArtistLee Ufan

Lee Ufan was one of the leading figures of the Mono-ha school (School of Things), a contemporary art movement emerging in the late 1960s. Lee's works in the museum include two-dimensional paintings featuring repetitive brushstrokes laid down with the rhythm of quiet breathing and sculptures that organically combine stones and steel plates, in which the artist's interventions are reduced to the bare minimum.

Artist Lee Ufan

Lee Ufan
Born in 1936, Korea. Graduated from Nihon University, Department of Philosophy, Tokyo in 1961. Professor Emeritus of Tama Art University.
Major exhibitions include Lee Ufan (2001, Kunstmuseum Bonn), Lee Ufan: The Art of Margins (2005, Yokohama Museum of Art), Resonance (2007, Venice Biennale), and Lee Ufan (2008, Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium), Marking In nity (2011, Guggenheim Museum of USA).

Space: Pole Place

Relatum - Point,Line,Plane ,

Relatum - Dialogue ,
Relatum - Suggestion ,
Relatum - Repose or the staff of Titan ,

Correspondance Place

Relatum - A Signal ,

Space: Encounter Room

Relatum - Resonance ,
From Point ,
From Point ,
From Line ,
With Winds ,
Correspondance ,
Dialogue ,

Space: Void

Dialogue ,

Space: Silence Room

Relatum - Silence ,

Space: Shadow Room

Relatum - Shadow of Stone ,

Space: Meditation Room

Dialogue ,

ArchitectTadao Ando

Located in a gentle valley surrounded by hills and the ocean, the architecture designed by Tadao Ando to conform to the landform and the pole created by Lee in front of the entrance create a tension between the horizontal and the vertical. The floor plan with rectangular and triangular spaces ar ranged across this valley which leads to the sea brings a rhythm to the architecture.

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).

StoreLee Ufan Museum Shop

In Lee Ufan Museum Shop, we sell publications related to the artist, as well as a range of original and specially selected goods.
Like "handkerchief" and "scarf" designed by the artist himself, our line-up will make you feel closer to the works of Lee Ufan.

March 1-September 30
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
October 1-end of February
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Shop is closed when the museum is closed.
Store Lee Ufan Museum Shop
Lee Ufan Museum JPY3,996(tax included)
Lee Ufan Museum JPY3,996(tax included)

This is the official catalog of the Lee Ufan Museum. It contains dialogues between Lee Ufan and Tadao Ando, the works collected by the museum, and more.

T-shirt(women's) JPY4,320(tax included)
T-shirt(women's) JPY4,320(tax included)

This three-quarter sleeve women’s T-shirt has a motif based on the work [[[Dialogue]]]. A long-sleeve men’s T-shirt is also available for JPY4,629 (tax included).

Group Visits

Group visits (9 or more people) to the museum must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day to avoid overcrowding. A group of up to 15 is admitted in every 30 minutes.

Please provide us the details of your group as listed below by inquiry form.
Date, Time, Group name, The number of participants, Representative, Contact number, Accommodation, Transport to the museum
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3754 (Fukutake Foundation)
Fax. +81-(0)87-840-8285
inquiry form


Facilities and Services

For visitors with babies or small children
  • ・Visitors are allowed to enter the museum with a baby carriage, but please note there are stairs inside the museum.
  • ・There is no nursing room nor a changing table in the museum.
  • ・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, UnionPay.

Requests to visitors

When visiting the museum
  • ・Some of the spaces in the museum require you to remove your shoes. 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.
  • ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be placed in coin lockers or 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.
    Visitors may not eat (including candy, gum, boxed lunches, etc.) or drink on the museum premises.
  • Visitors may be refused entry if they appear intoxicated or otherwise pose a disturbance to other visitors.
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.


1390 Azakuraura, Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3754 (Fukutake Foundation)
Fax. +81-(0)87-840-8285
Inquiry form

Notice of yearly maintenance closure (Jan-Feb 2019)
Chichu Art Museum: Transition to reservation system (online tickets)
See details here.