Inujima Art House Project was launched with the objective of inspiring the local community of Inujima, allowing them to experience the beautiful landscapes of everyday life and the familiar natural environments that extend beyond the artworks.
Three galleries, F-Art House, S-Art House, and I-Art House, designed for special displays, and Nakanotani Gazebo (a rest area) were first opened on the island in 2010. In 2013, with the opening of two new galleries, A-Art House and C-Art House, works are shown at each venue and elsewhere around the village. The galleries, scattered around the area, are constructed out of a diverse range of materials including roofing tiles and other components of old houses, transparent acrylic glass and aluminum that reflects the landscape.
Using variously shaped small art objects that remind of plants and animals, as well as sculptures made from the surface of diverse materials, Nawa created a dynamic space encompassing countless works as well as the building itself and its courtyards.
Born in Osaka in 1975. Associate professor at Kyoto City University of Arts and Design, and director of SANDWICH. Principal exhibitions and projects: GUSH (solo exhibition, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, 2006); Transcode (solo exhibition, Gallery Nomart, 2009); Synthesis (solo exhibition, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, 2010); 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010 (grand prize, Dhaka); and Kohei Nawa - SYNTHESIS (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011); Kohei Nawa - Trans (solo exhibition, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul Cheongdam, 2012).
This work distorts the shape and size of the surrounding scenery through the use of numerous lenses of varying sizes and focuses.
Born in Hiroshima in 1983. Principal exhibitions include Architectural Environments for Tomorrow - New Spatial Practices in Architecture and Art (Museum Of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011); Bye Bye Kitty!!! (Japan Society, New York, 2011); and Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition (National Art Gallery of the Maldives, 2012).
Based on the artist's perception of the architecture of A-Art House as a "sculpture uniting the surrounding community and nature", this work represents, through the use of colors overflowing with energy, a virtual landscape depicting the vitality of the geometry and daily life unfolding in Inujima's nature. While conjuring up a new rhythm, the work also stirs the imagination of the viewer.
Born in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro where she lives and works. Beatriz Milhazes graduated in Social Communication. She studied Arts at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV - School of Visual Arts) from 1980 to 1983, where she also taught Painting until 1996. Milhazes is considered one of the leading Brazilian artists. She consolidated her career in the national and international arts circuit, representing Brazil in the Venice Biennale (2003), participating in the São Paulo Biennial (1998 and 2004) and Shanghai Biennial (2006), and with solo shows in museums and prestigious institutions such as the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, SP (2008); the Fondation Cartier, Paris (2009); the Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2011); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; MALBA, Buenos Aires (2012); Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro and Museu Oscar Niemeyer (MON), Curitiba (2013); Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2014/2015). Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
This large wooden sculpture which has been inconspicuously installed in C-Art House, formerly an assembly hall, is imbued with a quiet energy akin to that of cut flowers which have been placed at a sacred site. This work was created by drawing inspiration from the energy of the residents of Inujima. It draws its breath from the "life" of the island and will continue to evolve.
Born in 1979 in Kanagawa Prefecture. "Nakakiyo no Entakukei" (Ota Fine Arts, 2015); "The Door into Summer: The Age of Micropop" (Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, 2007); "The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial" (Niigata, 2006). Joined the "Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative" in 2008.
In this work, three mirrors were installed at I-Art House, connecting the landscapes that are visible through the windows on two sides of the house. One precise point, positioned in the center of the work, allows viewers to stand in the exact center of an infinite tunnel. By embarking on a journey to this endless space, new sensations can be experienced.
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Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1967, he Studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen from 1989 to 1995. He lives in Copenhagen and Berlin. Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has realized numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world. Recent projects in 2016 include Olafur Eliasson: Nothingness is not nothing at all, Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Olafur Eliasson Versailles, Palace of Versailles, France.
As if responding to the memories accumulated in the materials and place, vibrant motifs of plants and animals arise from the land on Inujima, and extend into the alleys of the village, leaping out into the site.
Born in Tokyo in 1981. Painter. Principal artworks and exhibitions and Projects：Seeds of Imagiration, Journeys of Soil (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, 2015); yamatane (Rice University Art Gallery, America, 2014); MOT Collection-Special Exhibition | Yusuke Asai (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011).
This project was developed by artistic director Yuko Hasegawa and architect Kazuyo Sejima for the village on Inujima.
Group visits to the Inujima "Art House Project" must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day to avoid overcrowding.
The Inujima "Art House Project" is viewed by walking between galleries in various locations. Visitors should first purchase an entrance ticket from the Inujima Ticket Center.
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327-4 Inujima, Higashi-ku, Okayama 7048153, Japan