Benesse Art Site Naoshima


Benesse House Museum

Benesse House Museum opened in 1992 as a facility integrating a museum with a hotel, based on the concept of "coexistence of nature, art and architecture." Designed by Tadao Ando, the facility is built on high ground overlooking the Seto Inland Sea and features large apertures that serve to open up the interior to the splendid natural surroundings. In addition to exhibiting the painting, sculpture, photography, and installations in its collection, the Museum also contains permanent site-specific installations that artists have created especially for the building, selecting locations on their own and designing the works for those spaces. The Museum's artworks are found not just within its galleries, but in all parts of the building, as well as in scattered locations along the seashore that borders the complex and in the nearby forest. Benesse House Museum is truly a rare site where nature, art, and architecture come together, in an environment containing numerous site-specific works created for the natural environs of Naoshima or inspired by the architectural spaces they inhabit.

Hours & Admission

8:00 am - 9:00 pm
(Last admittance: 8:00 pm)
Open year-round
Open Days Calendar
*Benesse House Museum will be close from 10th January to 24th February, 2017 in order to conduct maintenance.
JPY 1,030
* Free admission for children of 15 and under and overnight guests at Benesse House.
Individuals / Groups
Benesse House Museum

Benesse House Museum

These works are on display on the 2nd floor of Benesse House Museum.

 Benesse House Museum<br>2F

☆Yoshihiro Suda Weeds , 2002
・Tadao Ando Benesse House Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum Study Model and Drawings , 1996
・Dan Flavin Projects 1963-95 , 1997
・Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works Bow with Hole , 1990
・Yasumasa Morimura Seasons of Passion / A Requiem: MISHIMA , 2006 (*Shown during Setouchi Triennale 2016.)

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Museum

These works are on display on the 1st floor of Benesse House Museum.

 Benesse House Museum<br>1F

・Keith Haring Free South Africa , 1985
・Alberto Giacometti Diego sur Stele I , 1962
・Shinro Ohtake ZYAPAИORAMA I , 1997
・Shinro Ohtake ZYAPAИORAMA II , 1997
・Yukinori Yanagi Banzai Corner , 1991
・Christo and Jeanne-Claude Surrounded Islands, Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida , 1982
・Yves Klein Venus Bleue , 1983
・Cy Twombly Untitled I , 1968
・Jasper Johns White Alphabets , 1968
・César Hommage à Monaco MC12 , 1994
・Sam Francis Blue , 1952-53
☆Richard Long River Avon Mud Circles by the Inland Sea , 1997
☆Richard Long Inland Sea Driftwood Circle , 1997
☆Richard Long Full Moon Stone Circle , 1997
・Nam June Paik Sonatine for Goldfish , 1992

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Museum

These works are on display on the basement floor of Benesse House Museum.

 Benesse House Museum<br>BF

☆Kan Yasuda The Secret of the Sky , 1996
・Jonathan Borofsky Three Chattering Men , 1986
・Frank Stella The Grand Armada , 1989
・Frank Stella The Shark Massacre , 1988
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed , 1980-97
・Jennifer Bartlett Fish and Bread, 1989
・Yukinori Yanagi The Forbidden Box , 1995
・Tom Wesselmann Great American Nude #39 , 1962
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Mr. Ace , 1952
・Jean Michel Basquiat Gua-Gua , 1984
・Shinro Ohtake Tokyo-Puerto Rico, 1986
・Yasumasa Morimura A Requiem: MISHIMA,1970.11.25-2006.4.6 , 2006
・Andy Warhol Flowers , 1967
・Gerhard Richter Betty [Edition] , 1991
・Yukinori Yanagi The EC Flag Ant Farm #1 , 1992-93
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Studies / Repro proof of war posters , 1942-43
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Here is my playground , 1947
☆Jannis Kounellis Untitled , 1996
・Richard Prince Radio On , 2009
・Jannis Kounellis Untitled , 1983
・Bruce Nauman 100 Live and Die , 1984

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Park

These works are on display at Benesse House Park.
(Some works exclusively for guests at Benesse House)

 Benesse House Park

・Thomas Ruff Substrate 26 II , 2005
・Antony Gormley Sublimate IV , 2004
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Coffin of Light , 2009
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Pine Trees , 2001
・Hiroshi Sugimoto World Trade Center , 1997
☆Hiroshi Sugimoto Church of the Light , 1997
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut , 1998
・Hiroshi Sugimoto St. Benedict Chapel , 2000
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Crystal Pagoda , 2009
☆Hiroshi Sugimoto Concept of Moss , 2009
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Conceptual Form 003 Onduloid: a surface of revolution with constant non-zero mean curvature , 2005
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Cabot Street Cinema, Massachusetts , 1978
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Caribbean Sea, Jamaica , 1980
・Thomas Struth Paradise 35, New Smyrna Beach, Florida , 2007
・Thomas Struth Florence, Audience 8 (Galleria dell'Accademia) , 2004
・Tadao Ando Benesse House Park Drawing
・George Rickey Peristyle V , 1963-95
・Yoshihiro Suda Rose , 2006
☆Teresita Fernández Blind Blue Landscape , 2009
・Michelangelo Pistoletto Affresco-5 (Orange) , 1998
・Michelangelo Pistoletto Affresco-5 (Blue) , 1998

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Museum
Outdoor Works

These works are on display surrounding areas of Benesse House.

 Benesse House Museum<br>Outdoor Works

・Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin , 1994
・Karel Appel Frog and Cat , 1990
・Niki de Saint Phalle La Conversation , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Camel , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Elephant , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Cat , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Le Banc , 1989
☆Dan Graham Cylinder Bisected by Plane , 1995
・Anthony Caro Final Call , 1988
・George Rickey Three Squares Vertical Diagonal , 1972-82
☆Kazuo Katase Drink a Cup of Tea , 1987-94
☆Walter De Maria Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown , 2000
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed Mirtoan Sea, Sounion , 1990
・Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works: Cut Bow , 1990
・Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works: Stern with Hole , 1990
・George Rickey Four Lines , 1978-88
☆Cai Guo-Qiang Cultural Melting Bath: Project for Naoshima , 1998
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed Norwegian Sea, Vesteralen Island , 1990
☆Tsuyoshi Ozawa Slag Buddha 88- Eighty-eight Buddha statues created using slag from industrial waste at Teshima , 2006
・Kimiyo Mishima Another Rebirth 2005-N , 2001-05
☆Chiyoko Todaka Sense in the distance , 2016 *During the winter and under windy condition, the artwork will be temporary removed for protection.

☆Site-specific work

ArchitectTadao Ando

Born in Osaka, 1941. Established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. Architect and Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo. Recipient of many Japanese and international awards, including the Gold Medal of UIA (International Union of Architects, 2005) and the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1995).
Significant Works: Children's Museum (1989, Hyogo), Church of Light (1989, Osaka), Benesse House Museum (1992, Naoshima), Awaji-Yumebutai (2000, Awaji Island), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2002, Texas), Chichu Art Museum (2004, Naoshima).

Restaurant & CafeMuseum Restaurant

This restaurant is located on the ground floor of Benesse House Museum. The large windows allow you to appreciate the view of the Inland Sea and modern art from any seat while you enjoy a meal in this extraordinary space. In addition to a dinner menu focusing on kaiseki cuisine made with fresh Setouchi seafood, breakfast and lunch featuring a wide variety of seasonal ingredients are also available.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am-2:30 pm (Last order: 2:00 pm)
Dinner: 6:00-7:45 pm or 8:00-9:45 pm
Open year-round
Museum, Basement Floor
32 seats
Breakfast: JPY 2,613
Lunch: JPY 2,000 and up
Dinner: JPY 7,722 and up

・Dinner are by reservation only.
・Children under 6 years old are not permitted at dinner.
・Dinner time is limited due to the two-part system.
・Cancellation of advance orders of menu items incurs a 50% charge on the same day.
・Lunch reservations are only available for parties of 6 or more. We accept reservations for seating from 11:30 or 13:00, with a minimum menu order of ¥2,900.
・Menu items and Prices are subject to change without notice.

Andy Warhol Flowers , 1967
Gerhard Richter Betty (Edition) , 1991
Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed , 1980-97*

*Outdoor works

Restaurant & Cafe Museum Restaurant<br>Issen

Restaurant & CafeMuseum Cafe

This cafe is on the second floor of Benesse House Museum. Natural light pours into the interior through large windows facing to the south and west, allowing you to enjoy a leisurely light meal or beverage while gazing out at the Inland Sea below. There is also a shop which has a selection of books on Benesse House Museum, as well as a selection of art goods that make perfect souvenirs.

10:00 am-5:00 pm (Last order: 4:30 pm)
Open year-round
Museum, Second Floor
30 seats
Menu for Museum Cafe
Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works: Bow with Hole , 1990*

*Outdoor works

Restaurant & Cafe Museum Cafe

Museum Shop

This shop is on the second floor of Benesse House Museum. In addition to books on Benesse House Museum and Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a selection of art goods that are perfect for souvenirs is available as well. There is also a café where you can enjoy a light meal or beverage while taking in the view of the Inland Sea below.

10:00 am-5:00 pm
Open year-round
Benesse Museum, Second Floor
 Museum Shop


The library on the second floor of Benesse House Museum is a space flooded with the sunlight of Setouchi through the large windows that are a distinctive feature of the architecture. You are free to view drawings by Tadao Ando made during the designing of Benesse House Museum and the Chichu Art Museum, as well as books relating to the artists in our collection. Please also feel free to use it as a place to rest in between enjoying the art.

Dan Flavin Projects 1963-95 , 1997

ProgramCultural Melting Bath:
Project for Naoshima
Cai Guo-Qiang (1998)

Cultural Melting Bath’s concept is to create a place for people from different background and cultures to mingle. It invites guests to take a dip and relax in the artwork itself, which consists of a hot tub (from the U.S.) and Taihu rocks (from China) arranged according to principles of Feng Shui. It may give people from different culture, nationality and belief a chance to get to know each other as “humans” while soaking in the same bath, infused with Chinese medicine.
*For Benesse House guests only.
*Advance reservation required.


・For Benesse House guests only.
Please take a shower or bath in your hotel room in advance.
Children under age 5 can not join.
Bathing suits are required (a changing room is available.).
Please bring your own bathing suit. Towels and slippers are available at Benesse House.
No admission for guests with visible tattoos.
Please refrain from participating, if you have high or low blood pressure, are drunk , intoxicated, pregnant, or not feeling well.

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
*Not available from December 1st through the end of February.
4:00-5:00 pm (once per day)
JPY 1,030 per person
Group Size
Up to 6 participants
*This artwork is intended to create a dialogue. You may be taking bath with other guests who made an appointment for the same time slot as yours. We encourage you to engage in conversation.
Reservations and Inquiries
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