Modernism + Film

Modernism + Film



Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art screens the documentary Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity (trailer, 52 minutes, multiple languages with English subtitles) June 9 during the museum’s Modernism + Film program.

“The essence of architecture is to open the hearts of the people,” says Japanese minimalist master Tadao Ando, “and to move them in such a way that they are glad to be on Earth.”

Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity, a 2013 documentary by German filmmaker Mathias Frick, offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the work and processes of Ando, the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize.

Ando’s unprecedented use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and natural forms creates a Zen-like connection between Japanese traditions and contemporary modernism. His creative use of natural light and his buildings’ ability to seamlessly evoke the contours of the landscape are his calling cards, and give Ando's award-winning homes, churches, museums, apartment buildings and cultural spaces an open, inviting quality that belies the structures' minimalist construction.

"To change the dwelling is to change the city and to reform society,” Ando says, noting that his deceptively simple buildings are meant to give people space to live and unfold in a contemplative manner. By taking viewers into the architect’s thought processes and motivations, the documentary delves into the nature of how those changes have been woven throughout Ando’s four-decade-long career.


John Boyer, President and CEO of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, will provide remarks prior to the film screening.


An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.


Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students. Buy tickets (Tickets may also be purchased by phone 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk.) Student tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Must present student ID to claim.

Image: Tadao Ando ©2013 credo:film

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