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Inujima "Art House Project"

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.

Hours & Admission

Hours:
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.)
Ticket center: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed:
Tuesdays (March 1 - November 30)
Tuesdays to Thursdays (December 1 - last day of February)
*Open on national holidays but closed the next day.
*Open on Tuesdays when Monday falls on a national holiday but closed on the next day.
Open Days Calendar
Admission:
JPY2,060
*Admission to Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and Seaside Inujima Gallery included.
*free for children 15 and under
*Please see here for information on the Triennale 3-Season Passport.

*If visiting the museum in a group (10 or more people), Please go to Group Visits.
Inujima

F Art House

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.

F Art House
Kohei Nawa  Biota (Fauna/Flora), 2013
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Kohei Nawa
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).

S Art House

This work distorts the shape and size of the surrounding scenery through the use of numerous lenses of varying sizes and focuses.

S Art House
Haruka Kojin  contact lens ,2013
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Haruka Kojin
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).

A Art House

This work combines variously-colored artificial flower petals. By making the most of the spatial features of A Art House, the work takes on a dynamic quality.

A Art House
Haruka Kojin  reflectwo, 2013
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Haruka Kojin
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).

C Art House

Leveling strings, temporarily visualizing an area which is there but cannot be seen are used as an index in this artwork. Their vivid color is reminiscent of rays of light. These rays, made by the strings running throughout the building, only exist in space, but also form pools of light. Part of the work was woven by islanders, creating a connection between the island, the artist and visitors.

C Art House
Chinatsu Shimodaira  Ether, 2015
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Chinatsu Shimodaira
Born in Nagano in 1983. Lived in Singapore from 1985 to 1990. Her Work was shown at Roppongi Art Night (Tokyo, 2013), and next: New Generation Artists in NAGANO (Nagano, 2014) among others. In 2012, she received the Tokyo Midtown Art Award, and in 2014 was dispatched to Taipei as part of Tokyo Wonder Site's Residency Program.

I Art House

In this retrospective of the Inujima experience, sceneries around I Art House are captured as a part of the building, with the faceted shape of an unfolded square reflecting what appears to be facets of cut glass on the mirrored wall. As subtle artistic interventions extend and create abstractions of the island scenery emerging after the long path, they forms a space where visitors are reminded of being a part of this place.

I Art House
Yusuke Komuta  Plane Mirror, 2014
Yusuke Komuta  Reverse, 2014
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Yusuke Komuta
Born in Osaka in 1983. Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design and completed a master's degree in the Department of Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts. Komuta is known for his abstract paintings depicting geometrical patterns and radiating a prism of beautiful colors based on the motif of instructional diagrams for origami; and three-dimensional works made out of stainless-steel mirrors. His most notable solo exhibition was Color Unfolds, held at Scai the Bathhouse in Tokyo in 2013.

Former site of a stonecutter's house

Asai depicts plant and animal motifs using materials that he collected from vacant lots in the village and elsewhere on Inujima as a response to the memories accumulated in various objects and places.

Former site of a stonecutter's house
Yusuke Asai
Listen to the Voices of Yesterday Like the Voices of Ancient Times, 2013
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Yusuke Asai
Born in Tokyo in 1981. Painter. Principal exhibitions and projects: the Aichi Triennale 2010 (Aichi, Japan 2010); MOT Collection - Special Exhibition | Yusuke Asai (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011); Countless Stories, Living Boldly, Repeat (Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan, 2012).

Artistic DirectorYuko Hasegawa
ArchitectKazuyo Sejima

This project was developed by artistic director Yuko Hasegawa and architect Kazuyo Sejima for the village on Inujima.

Architect Kazuyo Sejima

Yuko Hasegawa
Graduated from the School of Law at Kyoto University, and later completed a course in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts. Served as chief curator (1999-2005) and artistic director (2005-2006) at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa before accepting her current post as chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in April 2006. She is also a professor at Tama Art University.

Kazuyo Sejima
Born in 1956 in Ibaraki Prefecture. Sejima established Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987, and in 1995, SANAA with Ryue Nishizawa. Awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize for her work with SANAA in 2010. Among her most notable works are the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa in Ishikawa, Japan (2004), the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland (2010), and the Louve-Lens in France(2012) (both created with SANAA).

Group Visits
(10 people and more)

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.

Reservations:
・Please contact the museum no later than one week prior to your visit.
Please provide us the details of your group as listed below by inquiry form.
Date, Time, Group name, The number of participants, Representative, Contact number, Accommodation, Transport to the museum
・Lunch reservations will be accepted up to five days prior to your visit.
Inquiry:
327-4 Inujima, Higashi-ku, Okayama 7048153, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)86-947-1112
Fax. +81-(0)86-947-1115
inquiry form

Information

Facilities and Services

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.

For visitors with babies or small children
  • ・Visitors can walk around the island with a baby carriage, but baby carriages may not be taken into the galleries in which the artworks are displayed.
  • ・Please note that there is no nursing room in the museum.
  • ・There is one restroom with a changing table in the Inujima Ticket Center.
Accessibility
  • ・Handicapped visitors and visitors using wheelchairs or canes should contact the museum before their visit. We will offer advice individually.
About admission

・Admission to Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and Seaside Inujima Gallery included.
・No discounts are offered for groups and holders of Disability Certificates (Physical Disability Certificates, Rehabilitation Certificates, or Mental Disability Certificates) are not granted free entry.
・We accept the following credit cards: AMEX, Diners, JCB, Master Card, NICOS, VISA

Requests to visitors

When visiting the museum
  • ・Parking spaces are limited. Please use public transport if at all possible.
  • ・The galleries are located in residential areas. Please observe good manners and consider the local residents when walking around the island.
  • ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be placed in coin lockers or left at the Inujima Ticket Center.
  • ・Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • ・Visitors may not enter the museum wearing bathing suits.
  • ・Smoking is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・The use of cell phones is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・Other than in the cafe, visitors may not eat (including candy, gum, boxed lunches, etc.) or drink on the museum premises.
  • ・Please take any garbage away with you.
  • ・Please do not take any objects (or vegetation) away from the island with you.
When viewing the artworks
  • ・Please do not touch the walls, the glass, or the artworks themselves.
  • ・Please do not take photographs, videos, or make sketches in the museum. Visitors are also requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc.
Contact

327-4 Inujima, Higashi-ku, Okayama 7048153, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)86-947-1112
Fax. +81-(0)86-947-1115
inquiry form

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