THE MODERN ART MUSEUM FORT WORTH
My consulting work with The Modern Art Museum Fort Worth is a perfect example of collaboration on all fronts as the Museum was already an existing client of a major tour operator specializing in travel/study programs, but they did not have the expertise necessary for the destination - JAPAN. I was asked to join the development team which was comprised of the Museum Director along with senior members of the tour operator's staff. I worked closely with all parties from start to finish to ensure a program of excellence.
The Modern was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and this particular journey was conceived as an opportunity for patrons of the Museum to visit Japan to meet with the architect in his homeland and to tour many of his other architectural projects throughout the country. To balance the needs of the first time and repeat visitor to Japan, the tour also included historical and cultural excursions along with private artist studio and kiln visits. The program culminated in Karatsu on the island of Kyushu, home to a great ceramic tradition, where guests stayed in traditional Japanese accommodations on the beach and met with the great potters of the region.
This program marked the start of a working partnership that resulted in numerous customized travel programs to Japan for other museums and alumni associations.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's building was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and opened in 2002. The Modern is located in Fort Worth's celebrated Cultural District, directly opposite the Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis I. Kahn, and near the Amon Carter Museum, designed by Philip Johnson. Ando's design, which embodies the pure, unadorned elements of a modern work of art, is comprised of five long, flat-roofed pavilions situated on a 1.5 acre pond.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Mr. Ando established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. He has been a visiting professor of architecture at Yale University (1987), Columbia University (1988), and Harvard University (1990). A self-taught architect, he has been awarded the world’s consummate architectural prizes, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Carlsberg Architectural Prize, the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal Award. Mr. Ando’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York (in 1991) and the Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou in Paris (in 1993). He received the Kyoto Prize in November 2002. Most recently Mr. Ando has completed Stone Hill Center (2008) which is part of The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Punta Della Dogana Museum in Venice (2009). The Sky Tower is currently under construction in Japan and scheduled for completion in 2012.