Tadao Ando: Leading

December 30, 2005 

The Shanghai Art Museum hosted the first exhibition of Tadao Ando's architecture in China.

This exhibition on the theme of "Architecture and Environment" attracted more than 200,000 visitors, and it was hailed by the media as the first real architecture exhibition in China. We met a lot of people from the same field because of the moving experience at the exhibition. Together, we expanded our reading of books related to Mr. Ando and followed his footsteps, around the world to read about architecture, art, people, and times.
We experienced Mr. Ando's simple yet profound spatial artistry, it is always able to awaken one's inner self-consciousness and connect to the light of the origin that resides deep in the universe. 

September 27, 2017

 "Tadao Ando: Endeavors" was opened at the National Art Center, Tokyo.

On an unprecedented international scale, the exhibition pays tribute to more than half a century of the master's architectural achievements. Mr. Ando himself said, "It has been almost 50 years since I founded my office in 1969. Over the years, I would rather say that I have been challenged to get to where I am and that I have lived my life in my own way, trying my best." 

December 30, 2017
"Tadao Ando: Leading" was held as a sister exhibition of the Tokyo Exhibition.

The exhibition was opened in "the Light Space", a space designed by Mr. Ando that includes the Pearl Art Museum and Xinhua Bookstore. It was a meaningful event, and it is a 12-year reincarnation of his first exhibition in China.

The theme of this exhibition is "Leading", which echoes and complements the "Endeavors" of the Tokyo exhibition. With the books as the main line, the exhibition aims to restore Mr. Ando's spiritual journey as an architect, writer, reader, artist, photographer, and practitioner of life. We hope that this "the Light Space", which Mr. Ando himself created, will bring people together to keep reading, return to moving, sharing, and inspiring each other, and thus find the light that leads to hope in life.


Ma Weidong, Gao Jian (China)

Kazuya Okano (Japan)

Exhibit Period

December 30, 2017 - May 20, 2018


8F, Aegean Place, No.1588, Wu Zhong Road, Minhang District, Shanghai


Pearl Art Museum


Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, One-tenth


Shanghai Tix-Media Culture Development Co.,Shanghai Yuan Zhen Culture Media Co.


Shanghai International Culture Association, Red Star Macalline Group, Shanghai XinHua Distribution Group Co.,Ltd.


The exhibition begins from the moment the viewer enters the gallery space.

On the wall at the entrance is a video of the Tokyo-Shanghai exhibition.

On the wall leading to the gallery, the largest exhibit is laid out

——The design and construction history of the Pearl Museum of Art.

The ovoid shape of the building breaks with the geometric order of Ando's design,
presenting a sense of biological rhythm, 

embodying spirituality and signifying the beginning of all things, life, and renewal.

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Through the dim tunnel needs light to lead.

Consists of a high-density display of books, images, and video materials

from Tadao Ando's 5 eras, 10 events, 100 related characters, 200 books and 300 works.

Exploring the influence of the origin and composition of Tadao Ando's thought.


The series of projects on Naoshima, 

the island that reaches the heart, are landscapes created by Ando.

Burying buildings underground, 

Ando utilizes a method that emphasizes the natural topography
without damaging the original landscape.

On the giant geoscape are five of Ando's representative projects in Naoshima.

Benesse House Museum, Benesse House Oval, Chichu Art Museum,
Benesse Artsite Park Building/Beach Building, and Lee Ufan Museum.

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Architectural creations, furniture creations,
product creations, and expression creations.

From three of Tadao Ando's recent projects in China
to his photographic works with his own architecture as the subject, 

the viewer is able to get a comprehensive view
of the charm of Ando's work and his creativity.


By showcasing the publications of characters
who have influenced and led each other by Tadao Ando.

we built a large library of books that enables visitors to read Ando in greater depth.

At the connection between the museum and the Xinhua Bookstore,
visitors walk through the area of books that can be flipped through.

The starry dome overhead reveals the theme of "leading".

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