Teshima Art Museum
607 Teshimakarato, Tonoshō-chō, Shōzu-gun, Kagawa-ken 761-4662, Japan
Will travel for artTeshima Art Museum is a collaborative work between artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa. Located on picturesque Teshima Island, this museum has no right angles, doors, or windows. What you’ll find is a concrete shell spanning almost 8,000 square feet that contains a single site-specific art piece. A circular path will lead you from rice terrace views, to views of the still ocean before arriving at the entrance of the museum. It is quiet until you step inside the concrete shell. You’ll find yourself gravitating toward the light shining through two oval openings. With each movement, the space responds with sounds amplified by the rustles of leaves and outside trees. The setting begs you to slow down and observe with all senses. On the ground below your feet, you’ll notice droplets of water rising and flowing into the space at free will. I wondered to myself how simple elements like water, light, concrete and sound can come together to create such a sublime experience. Visitors remain in the museum for a long time because like me, they are likely deeply moved by an experience equally subtle and grand at the same time.