Carl Andre

Between Sculpture and Poetry

March 9 - June 30, 2024

9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Mondays (except Apr. 29, May 6), Apr. 30, May 7
DIC Corporation
Special Cooperation:
Paula Cooper Gallery, Gallery Yamaguchi kunst-bau
In Association with:
Chiba Prefecture, The Board of Education of Chiba Prefecture, Sakura City, The Board of Education of Sakura City

Carl Andre passed away on January 24, 2024 at the age of 88. 
The Museum and staff members express our sincere condolences.

Museum Admission

Adults ¥1,800

College / 65 and over ¥1,600

HS students and under Free

Museum Admission   Adults   College
65 and over
  HS students
and under
    ¥1,800   ¥1,600   Free

*Free admission for disability pass holders and one care-giver for each

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*High school students include technical/vocational upper secondary school students
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*The permanent collection exhibition can also be viewed with a special exhibition ticket


Carl Andre (1935-2024) is one of the best-known sculptors of the Minimal Art movement, which emerged chiefly in the United States in the late 1960s. Between Sculpture and Poetry is Andre’s first solo exhibition in a Japanese museum. It makes full of use of its spacious venue to showcase Andre’s well-known sculptures made of blocks of wood,  plates of metal, and slabs of stone processed to the same size and shape and placed in regular arrangements directly on the floor. In light of the way they act on the space in which they are installed, the artist describes these works using the term “sculpture as place.”

To view these sculptures in person reveals details that bely the regimented, inorganic impression they make: the way the metal gleams or rusts, the grain of the wood, the heft of the stone—the composed self-possession of matter itself. It also becomes apparent that not all of the units share the exact same size or shape.

Between Sculpture and Poetry also includes a selection of Andre’s poetry, which is evaluated highly by those familiar with it. Andre creates his poems by typing verbal fragments on a typewriter, and the results can be appreciated both as literature and as visual arrangements. Along with the spatial and structural awareness also evident in Andre’s sculpture, they reflect his thinking in a wide range of fields, including literature, art, history, and politics.

We invite visitors to Between Sculpture and Poetry to enjoy its presentation of Andre’s work in these two widely divergent forms.

Note: Between Sculpture and Poetry is an international traveling exhibition previously held at the Daegu Art Museum in South Korea from September 26 to December 31, 2023, under the title 2023 Umi Hall Project Carl Andre.

Merrymount, 1980
21 Western red cedar timbers
(each) 30.5×30.5×91.4 cm (Overall) 183×91.4×183 cm
Paula Cooper Gallery
Photo: Steven Probert
Belgica Blue Hexacube, 1988
36 Belgian blue limestone cubes
(each) 14.9×14.9×14.9 cm (Overall) 14.9×989.4×989.4 cm
Paula Cooper Gallery
Photo: Steven Probert
9 Al See/Saw Row, 2016
9 aluminum plates
(each) 0.1×6.4×3.8 cm (Overall) 0.1×6.4×44.6 cm
Estate of the Artist
6-Two Part Work, 2019
12 wood units
(each) 1×2×2 cm (Overall) 2.9×1×27.9 cm
Estate of the Artist


Carl Andre. photo:
Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York


Carl Andre was born in 1935 in the industrial city of Quincy, Massachusetts. He took an early interest in poetry that was shared by his parents. After studying at the prestigious Philips Academy, Andover, he spent time in Europe and the US Army before moving to New York in 1957 and taking a job at a publishing house. The following year, he began to share studio space with Frank Stella and began creating sculptures of wooden beams with cuts chiseled into them, influenced by Constantin Brancusi. Starting in 1960, he spent four years working as a brakeman for the Pennsylvania Railroad while writing poetry and working his Element series of sculptures created by combining units of wood. In 1964 he showed his work publicly for the first time at a group exhibition, and the following year held a solo exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. At the Primary Structures exhibition in 1966, he showed Lever, a work made of 137 bricks arranged in a straight line. Shortly after this, he began assembling sculptures from rectangular metal plates placed directly on the floor and exhibiting a range of works at venues in the United States and Europe, each created on a scale appropriate to the venue. In 1970 he visited Japan as a guest artist at the 10th Tokyo Biennale. His major exhibitions have included a 1970 solo exhibition at the Guggenheim, where he first showed 37th Piece of Work; the 1996 exhibition Carl Andre Sculptor 1996, and 2014’s Sculpture as Place 1958–2010. He died in New York on January 24, 2024.


1.This is Carl Andre’s first solo exhibition at a Japanese museum, presented with the full support of Carl Andre, Melissa Kretschmer, and Paula Cooper Gallery. In addition to 13 well-known large-scale sculptural works placed on the floor, including pieces from the Square and Cardinal series, the exhibition includes 8 of Andre’s “small sculptures,” rarely shown in Japan, and around 70 pages of his poetry, offering a multifaceted introduction to his creative endeavors.

2.All three of the wooden floor-mounted sculptures on display, including Merrymount (1980), are from the collections of museums outside Japan. Another notable piece on a particularly large scale is Rise (2011), which is over 15 meters across. Its rows of L-shaped metal plates towering overhead create a space between the sculpture and the wall through which visitors can pass.

Rise, 2011
21 hot-rolled right angle steel plates
(each) 185.4×185.4×71.1 cm (Overall) 185.4 × 185.4 × 1493.1 cm
Estate of the Artist

3.To display these large-scale sculptures to best effect, the exhibition uses the gallery space at its maximum size: a 400-square-meter space some 7 meters high. There is no set route through the exhibition, so visitors can roam freely, even walking on top of some the works. The presence of Andre’s sculptures gives the space a unique gravity, far from the everyday, to be experienced with the entire body.

4.Around 40 pages selected from Andre’s early poetry anthology Seven Books are on display in a setting based on the artist’s own design. Combined with 26 pages from Yucatan, this selection is an illuminating and representative sample of Andre’s typed poems.

Seven Books, 1969–1979
set of seven books, Xerox manuscripts in binders
(each) 27.9×21.6 cm
Estate of the Artist
Photo: Steven Probert
YUCATAN, 1972/1975
photocopy on typewriter paper, set of 26 sheets
(each) 27.9×21.6 cm
Estate of the Artist


Gallery Talk by the Guest

Motohiro Tomii (Artist)
Saturday, March 9, 11:30-12:30
- Booking required on the day of your visit at the Museum’s reception desk.

Cross Talk

Gen Umezu (Art scientist) × Takayuki Hayashi (Art critic)
Saturday, May 11, 13:30-15:00
- Prebooking required


Tamaki Roy (Rap musician)
Friday, April 12, 16:00-16:30
- No reservation is required

Haiku Gathering Workshop

Nobuhiro Yamaguchi (Graphic designer, member of haiku society 'Sawa')
Saturday, June 8, 13:30-15:30
Suitable for elementary school students and above
- Prebooking required

Gallery Talks by the Curator

Saturday, March 16
Saturday, April 20
Friday, May 17
Friday, June 14
Each day from 11:30-12:30
- Booking required on the day of your visit at the Museum’s reception desk.

Guided Tours

Daily, 14:00-15:00
- Booking required on the day of your visit at the Museum’s reception desk.

Concurrent exhibits

Collection Highlight
Frank Stella’s Black Series and Carl Andre

Venue:Gallery 201

Frank Stella’s Tomlinson Court Park (second version), a key holding in the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art’s collection, was created during the roughly two-year period starting in 1958 when Andre and Stella, who were one year apart in age, shared the same studio. When Stella showed this work and three other pieces at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s 16 American Artists exhibition, he asked Andre to write the introduction in the catalogue. The Black Series also had a significant influence on Andre, and this is an opportunity to consider this work, often viewed as an early example of Minimal Art, through the lens of the two artists’ interactions.