Teshima Art Museum / Ryue Nishizawa


The Teshima Art Museum designed by Tokyo-based architect Ryue Nishizawa and Japanese artist Rei Naito opened in 2010 for the Setouchi International Art Festival that was held in the Takamatsu Port area of Japan.  The open gallery space features 25cm thick concrete shell with two elliptical openings that are open to elements.  Iwan Baan shows on his website a great photo set of the art museum which can be viewed here.

More of Iwan Baan’s photographs following the break, as well as a video of the Teshima Art Museum while under construction.

© Iwan Baan
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© Iwan Baan

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Cite: "Teshima Art Museum / Ryue Nishizawa" 19 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=151535>


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      From what i’ve heard i believe it’s a permanent art installation involving water. water beads rise out of the concrete floor in the morning, and slowly roll across the sloped surfaces of the floor, eventually collecting together into shallow puddles. Over the course of the day the water will slowly evaporate, and the process starts again the next day.

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      The “art” is the museum itself, the people in it, water drops, the wind, the changing view from the holes, in other words, life itself.

      The Teshima Art Museum reflects and criticize the fact that nowadays art is usually put in special places (museums) where it is separated from life and can’t be experienced in any way but looking at it as if it was a sacred artifact.

      (source: statements from the artists that I’ve read here and there, included on Teshima)

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      The “art” is the building, the people, the water, the air, the view, in other words “life”.

      The museum is (on top of being an amazing building) a critique of the fact that nowadays art is put is special “dead” places (museums) where it’s separated from the rest of the world.

      (in short)

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        Whoops, sorry about the mess. I thought the first comment didn’t go through (if the admin feels like deleting this one, feel free)

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      My god! I hope we never come to the point where a project’s merits are judged by the time it takes to model something.

      This is a stunning project in all respects.

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      It took long time of practice and experience to achieve that in maybe 5 minutes or 5000 minutes (I don’t know)

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    Yep, let’s pour concrete into every green place that’s still been left untouched.

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