Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum
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Kajima Institute Publishing. 2000.

First edition. Oblong 4to. 210x295mm. pp. 112. Fine in stiff card covers illustrated with a black and white photograph on the upper and lower covers. Title and author printed in red on upper cover. Title and author printed in English and Japanese in white on red spine. Beige card slipcase decorated with an architectural drawing printed in black. Title and author printed in English in red on the front and in Japanese on the spine. Three page introductory essay by Riichi Miyake in Japanese and English (tr. by Lynne E. Riggs). The rest of the book is a series of lavish and beautiful drawings and photographs in colour and black and white showing Ando's work at the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum. The title page has a sketch and inscription by Ando: "Talami Yagi - 18/02/2005 - Ando". There are two further sketches by Ando, one on the blank page after the title page and one on the illustrated page after the contents. This is a fine (and unique) copy of a fascinating book describing and analysing one of Ando's most radical and inventive projects.

The Naoshima Art Museum was built in 1995 for the publisher Soichiro Fukutake’s collection of 20th-century American art. As the proposed project was to be built in a national park, Japanese law required that accommodation be provided as well, so a hotel was incorporated into the design. There were therefore two separate phases of building but, because both the owner and the architect wanted to interfere with the landscape as little as possible, Ando buried much of the structure underground so that less than half the museum is visible. Thus, as with so much of Ando’s work, architecture and nature blend and interact in a simple, pure yet classically organic fashion.