Benesse Art Site Naoshima


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

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.)
Ticket center: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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 to Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and Inujima Life Garden included.
*free for children 15 and under

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

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

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.

A Art House
Beatriz Milhazes  Yellow Flower Dream, 2018
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Beatriz Milhazes
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.

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 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.

You can access the full text of interview with the artist here.

I Art House
Olafur Eliasson  Self-loop, 2015
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Olafur Eliasson
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.

Former site of a stonecutter's house

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.

Former site of a stonecutter's house
Yusuke Asai
Listen to the Voices of Yesterday Like the Voices of Ancient Times, 2013-2016
Yusuke Asai
sprouting 01, 2016
sprouting 01 is located on the alley in the Nakanotani Cove, facing I-Art House.
Artistic Director:Yuko Hasegawa
Architect : Kazuyo Sejima

Yusuke Asai
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).

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 Ibaraki Prefecture in 1956, established Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987, and in 1995 SANAA with Ryue Nishizawa. Awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize* in 2010. Notable works include, "21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa"* (2004, Ishikawa), Inujima "Art House Project," (2010, Okayama), "Rolex Learning Centre"* (2009, Switzerland), "Louvre Lens"* (2012, France), "Junko Fukutake Hall"* (2013, Okayama), "Grace Farms"*(2015, America). (* indicates realizations by 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.

Please provide us the details of your group by reservation form.
327-4 Inujima, Higashi-ku, Okayama 7048153, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)86-947-1112
Fax. +81-(0)86-947-1115
inquiry form


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.
  • ・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 Inujima Life Garden 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.
  • ・Visitors may be refused entry if they appear intoxicated or otherwise pose a disturbance to other visitors.
  • ・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.

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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