Tadao Ando

Japanese, b. 1941

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Tadao Ando

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Japanese, b. 1941

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Tadao Ando is one of the most accomplished architects working today; his buildings balance the heft of concrete with the weightlessness of light. The 1995 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, Ando adopts the modernist innovations of Louis Sullivan and Le Corbusier and pairs them with elements from his Japanese heritage to create spare, highly geometric buildings. His structures combine straightforward materials with nature and ambient light, often featuring entire walls of glass. Erected in 1989, Ando’s Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Japan, typifies his approach: the building is a concrete cube and a cruciform-shaped aperture emits natural light at the altar, suggesting divinity in a humble, minimalist form. Ando runs his own firm in Osaka and has completed projects worldwide, including the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan, and Casa Wabi Foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Biography

Tadao Ando is one of the most accomplished architects working today; his buildings balance the heft of concrete with the weightlessness of light. The 1995 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, Ando adopts the modernist innovations of Louis Sullivan and Le Corbusier and pairs them with elements from his Japanese heritage to create spare, highly geometric buildings. His structures combine straightforward materials with nature and ambient light, often featuring entire walls of glass. Erected in 1989, Ando’s Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Japan, typifies his approach: the building is a concrete cube and a cruciform-shaped aperture emits natural light at the altar, suggesting divinity in a humble, minimalist form. Ando runs his own firm in Osaka and has completed projects worldwide, including the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan, and Casa Wabi Foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou
Group
Group show at a major institution
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Tadao Ando
These 13 Architects Will Change How We Live in New York City
Jan 28th, 2016
These 13 Architects Will Change How We Live in New York City
Master Architect, and Master of the Box, Tadao Ando Makes his Drawings Available in a Box (Of Course)
Jul 7th, 2014
Master Architect, and Master of the Box, Tadao Ando Makes his Drawings Available in a Box (Of Course)
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