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Major exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris pays tribute to Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando Church on the Water

From October 10 to December 31, 2018, the Centre Pompidou in Paris presents a major retrospective exhibition on acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando (b. 1941, Osaka).

Curated by Frédéric Migayrou, the exhibition features four main thematic sections – The basic form of space, The urban challenge, The origins of landscape, and The dialogue with history – organized around a central installation, entitled Naoshima, a work through which Ando creates a dialogue with the natural landscape of Naoshima Island, an island town in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea renowned for being an open-air contemporary art and architecture museum.
Overall, the Paris’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou presents 180 drawings, 70 original models and several slide shows depicting fifty projects by the Japanese architect.

Cover image: Tadao Ando, Church on the Water, 1988, Tomamu, Japan. Photo Yoshio Shiratori.

Tadao Ando portrait

Tadao Ando, portrait by Kazumi Kurigami

A former professional boxer and a self-taught architect, since the early 1970s Ando has developed a very personal architectural vision and style, based on a number of principles – the use of bare concrete surfaces, a preference for simple geometric volumes, the integration of architectural elements with natural ones such as light and water, and the importance given to the physical experience of architecture.

“In the end, for whom does architecture exist? Given that it is used by people, it has close links with the body. (…) Our bodies perceive all kinds of elements, like air and materials. I learned this by ceaselessly observing architecture. For example, the Katsura Villa is a celebrated aristocratic residence, and we also need this kind of building, but it’s not the only kind. In small spaces, like the machiya houses, you find a tsubo-niwa (a small courtyard), where light and shade enter and rain falls. All the experiences we have in this space are something big for me. Architecture should provide a place for mankind’s sense of joy. Otherwise, our bodies are not attracted by it…” (Tadao Ando, from a conversation with Frédéric Migayrou)

Tadao Ando, the Challenge
October 10 – December 31, 2018
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Gallery 3, level 1


Tadao Ando Benesse House Oval Naoshima Island

Benesse House Oval, 1995,  Naoshima, Japan. Photo Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Tadao Ando UNESCO Meditation Space 1995

Meditation Space UNESCO, 1995, Paris, France. Photo Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando Festival 1984

Festival, 1984, Naha Okinawa, Japan. Photo Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando Shanghai Poly Theater 2014

Shanghai Poly Theater, 2014,  Shanghai, China. Photo Shigeo Ogawa.

Images courtesy of Centre Pompidou, Paris. 

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