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Naoshima

Naoshima is an island located in Seto Inland Sea, the body of water between Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku, three of Japan's four main islands. While the Japanese have populated the island for ages, it has come to the attention of art connoisseurs of late because it is home to the radical Chichu Art Museum, completed in 2004.
Naoshima is an island located in Seto Inland Sea, the body of water between Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku, three of Japan's four main islands. While the Japanese have populated the island for ages, it has come to the attention of art connoisseurs of late because it is home to the radical Chichu Art Museum, completed in 2004.

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Art House Project

Naoshima is also known for its Art House Project, the conversion of old village homes into modern art galleries, initiated in 1998 using the town of Naoshima as a stage. Artists remodeled old houses, transforming the space of each house into a work of art open to the public. The artistic space, the architecture, and the pasts of those who once resided in these spaces converge here with Japanese tradition and aesthetics.

Benesse House Museum

Designed by Tadao Ando, opened in 1992 and housed in the same space as the hotel of the same name, this museum explores the interface between art & nature - indeed, some of its exhibits aren't in the museum at all but located along the nearby seashore.

Chichu Art Museum

Visit Chichu Art Museum, which was designed by renowned "starchitect" Tadao Ando. It is a striking expression of the integration between art and architecture; there are also many ways in which the museum complements or even enhances the island’s stunning topography. The museum’s permanent collection includes pieces by Claude Monet, Walter de Maria and James Turrell.

Inujima

Visit tiny Inujima, an island in the Seto Inland Sea once home to a refinery for the copper and granite industries. Today, Inujima hosts a contemporary art project encompassing the entire island called Seirensho. A collaboration with scientists at Okayama University, Seirensho's theme centers around sustainability and the reuse of old materials.

Lee Ufan Museum

The Lee Ufan Museum opened in the summer of 2010 and is the first museum to be devoted solely to the work of Lee, an internationally acclaimed Japanese-Korean artist. Designed by Tadao Ando, the museum seamlessly integrates with the valley it is built on. The collection consists primarily of Lee's paintings and sculptures from the 1970s.

Teshima Art Museum

Uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum stands on a hill on the island of Teshima overlooking the Inland Sea. Shaped like a drop of water, the museum lies in a corner of the spacious grounds surrounded by once-fallow rice terraces that have been restored with help from local residents.

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Japan’s Astonishing Art Island:  Naoshima & Benesse House

Japan’s Astonishing Art Island: Naoshima & Benesse House

Author : Catherine Heald
I expected to be impressed by Naoshima Island and Benesse House…but now that I am actually here, the only way I can describe my reaction is to say I am totally blown away.
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