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Chichu Art Museum Hatje Cantz, 2005.208pp. £29.95

Along with Monet and Walter de Maria (see picture), James Turrell is a featured artist in Tadao Ando's new Chichu Art Museum on the island of Naoshima, off Japan.

Much like a trip to deepest Texas to see Donald Judd's works at Marfa, getting to Chichu is set to be a secular pilgrimage, involving a complex sequence of trains, boats and planes. Much like Marfa too, the installations at Chichu are meant to be permanent, so Ando has been able to forego 'flexibility' and create an almost buried complex of chambers and passages - archaic and mysterious in character - while still bringing natural light into the gallery of Monets, with its floor of 700,000 marble cubes.

This book is as close as most of us will get to Chichu and it does the job.

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