In a museum, the art constitutes the actors and the building is the stage, according to Michael Auping, former chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
In the new book, “Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 15 Years,” Auping interviews the museum’s chief “set designer,” Tadao Ando. In a series of interviews starting in 1998 and continuing throughout the conceptual stages of building, the 80-year-old, self-taught architect describes his creative inspiration and approach to architecture.
Ando speaks specifically of his ideas for the Fort Worth site, focusing on light, space and experience. The last conversation logged in the book took place in 2015.
The book, a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the building, contains a detailed chronology (with photos) of the exhibits from 2002 to present and beautiful full-color photos of the museum — as it appears now and as it was being built — as well as photos of Ando himself. Fans of The Modern, the oldest art museum in the state of Texas, will appreciate the passion, insight and philosophy of the architect. Published by The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the book sells for $30 within the bookstore. www.themodern.org.