In connection with the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Wrightwood 659 is re-opening an exhibition highlighting Tadao Ando’s celebrated work designing museums and galleries.
The second floor of the art space, which opened at 659 W. Wrightwood in Lincoln Park last October, will be devoted to the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s most famous public works from October 3 through December 14.
Called Ando: Museums & Galleries, the exhibition will include photographs and prints created by the architect known for his command of concrete, light, and shadow. There will also be a detailed scale model of Naoshima Island, Japan’s famous “art island” and home to several museums designed by Ando.
Also to be displayed: models of the Ando designed Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis—all constructed by a team of students and instructors from Chicago’s three architecture schools.
The exhibit will run concurrently with Tetsuya Ishida: Self-portrait of Other, the first-ever retrospective of Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida.
Wrightwood 659 is a fitting location to host the work of the 77-year-old self-taught architect. Ando converted the four-story, 1920s apartment building for the art space, removing the entire interior and filling it with steel and reinforced concrete.
Tickets are needed to attend the exhibition, with free GA tickets released each Monday.