• Naoko Mikami

A Guide to Kagawa Museums


Takamatsu Art Museum

(高松市美術館)

Location: Takamatsu


The Takamatsu Art Museum has more than 1,600 works of art, which have been systematically collected according to three categories: "Post-War Contemporary Japanese Art", "Art in the 20th Century and Beyond in the World", and "Arts of Kagawa".



Chichu Art Museum

(地中美術館)

Location: Naoshima


Chichu Art Museum was constructed in 2004 as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. The museum was built mostly underground to avoid affecting the beautiful natural scenery of the Seto Inland sea. Artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in this building designed by Tadao Ando.


Lee Ufan Museum

(李禹煥美術館)

Location: Naokoshima


A museum resulting from the collaboration between internationally acclaimed artist Lee Ufan, presently based mainly in Europe, and architect Tadao Ando.

The Ando-designed semi-underground structure houses paintings and sculptures by Lee spanning a period from the 1970s to the present day. Lee's works resonate with Ando's architecture, giving visitors an impression of both stillness and dynamism.



The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan

(イサム・ノグチ庭園美術館)

Location: Takamatsu


Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was one of the most important sculptors of his time. He was a protean artist who, in addition to his sculpture, designed and created conceptual projects, landscaped environments, earthworks, gardens, plazas, stage sets, furniture and lighting fixtures. The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan is the fulfillment of Noguchi’s wish that his former studio in Mure be an extension of his museum in New York, that it be a place to inspire artists and scholars. The collection on display (including those on loan from The Noguchi Museum, NY) includes 150 sculptures, many of which are still unfinished.



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