Chichu Art Museum

Designed by the Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, the Chichu Art Museum represents the most incredible merging of art and architecture you are likely to ever experience.

Constructed in 2004 on the re-imagined Japanese ‘art’ island of Naoshima, the Chichu Art Museum has works by Claude Monet, James Turrel, and Walter De Maria on permanent display.

The art works are integrated so seamlessly into the buildings design, it’s difficult to know where the architecture ends and the art begins. You can understand why people consider the building and its contents to be one site-specific art work. The building’s subterranean design maximises the use of natural light, so your experience of the art works will be different depending of what time of the day you go, so it’s definitely worth more that one visit.

I’m not sure what a religious experience feels like but I’ve got to say, I think I came as close to having one in this museum. Naoshima is definitely worth the schlep if you are visiting southern Japan, if not for the art, for the opportunity to sleep in a yert!

“Pumpkin”, by Yayoi Kusama, Naoshima, Japan. Photograph by Peter Ghin, 2011.

Entrance to Chichu Art Museum. Photographer: Peter Ghin, 2011.


Internally landscaped spaces. Photographer: Peter Ghin 2011.

Internal corridor Chichu Art Museum. Photographer: Peter Ghin 2011.