Tadao Ando Exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

In 2018, the museum showcased the work of this architect known for his creations structured by light, in which concrete is king.


Benesse House, Kagawa, Japan, 1992/1995, photo by Mitsuo Matsuoka

Internationally renowned for his concrete creations, Tadao Ando considers light to be the architect’s base material.

A multiple award-winner, his work on materiality and space was showcased at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in the retrospective Tadao Ando — The Challenge from 10 October until 31 December 2018.


Buildings that appear simple but that are complex to create

Tadao Ando, an Osaka native, likes to construct silent spaces, far from the big cities in Japan that he considers too noisy. His creations are calm spaces conducive to serenity and rest, like his church in Ibaraki, the apparent simplicity of which conceals a meticulous piece of work in which light is manipulated in remarkable ways.

The exhibition at the Centre Pompidou presented his career and the visions he has developed for the future through maquettes, sketches, drawings and videos. The architect also worked in the French capital for one of his numerous projects, the renovation of the Bourse de Commerce building in Paris, now an art gallery.


Tadao Ando — The Challenge (2018), a retrospective  dedicated to architect Tadao Ando held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from 10 October until 31 December 2018.

Church of the Light, Osaka, Japan, 1989, photo by Mitsuo Matsuoka