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About Chichu Art Museum, Kagawa-gun

The Chichu Art Museum (地中美術館 Chichū Bijutsukan) (literally "art museum in the earth") is a museum built directly into a southern portion of the island of Naoshima in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was designed by architect Tadao Ando and opened its doors to the public on July 18, 2004.


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Welcome to the page of Chichu Art Museum. This is a place of interest in the city of Kagawa-gun in Japan. Chichu Art Museum is not the prime point of interest of Kagawa-gun. Although, you can pay a quick visit to it if you are around.

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Address: Japan, 〒761-3110 Kagawa-ken, Kagawa-gun, Naoshima-chō, 直島町(Sonota), 3449−1

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  • I don't know how. But Japan has managed to make a usually globally happy places *galleries a complete b@llache.... how can you get it so wrong $20 for not much... maybe the operators should see other places an take a notepad. And a camera.

  • There are some incredible artworks here and the architecture is impressive, it's well worth a visit despite the ¥2060 entry fee. The only disappointment were the Monet pieces which have been framed with cheap (for this type of work), reflective glass so that you can't see the true colours properly and you see reflections of the other pieces and the light sources. Really amateurish.

  • Without doubt the Chichu Art Museum is least attractive public space I have ever visited. Gallery rules are delivered by way of brief orientation speech before you pay for your admission. (2060 yen). Tickets are taken outside the building after a beautiful strolling garden. At that point no photography is allowed, but you’re still outside. This is understandable because the entry to the building is through a series of dark,blank, ugly, narrow concrete passages. It never gets any better. Eventually you come across one of a few exhibits. You lineup to remove your shoes to enter a gallery through another unlit corridor. Shoes are removed because the floor is utterly unsuitable for a public space. Gallery staff explains it as honouring the artist’s concept for the space. If Monet was still alive what would he think about the necessity of removing one’s footwear to enjoy his art? The paintings lack any labels regarding title and year of creation etc. The next gallery is more akin to a lecture hall. We’re cautioned not to speak in there. One might be inclined to remark about how completely ludicrous it was in there. The arrogance of The Chichu and its faux high concept might be laughable some other time but not after you have been duped after buying admission into this concrete bunker masquerading as an art gallery. If The Miho Museum is a high watermark in Japan, The Chichu is exactly the opposite. The 30 minute walk back to town made up for the mistake of wasting my time there.

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  • Favorite museum of all time. Monet's waterlillies are displaced in so many museums in the world but never looked like this before. It even looks so divine in here. And the work of James Turrell is more of religious experience.

  • Nice job by Tadao ando , Walter de Maria , James turrell and claude Monet . Great !

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