Benesse Art Site Naoshima

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MECON

A new work installed by Shinro Ohtake in the inner courtyard of the defunct Megi Elementary School. The title of the work is coined from the "Me" in Megijima and "con", which is the Japanese word for" root", used to symbolize the vitality of life. It conveys the hope that the people of Megijima will keep their roots on the island.

Hours & Admission

Hours:
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed:
Please see Open Days Calendar for opening hours and closed days.
Admission:
JPY510
*free for children 15 and under
MECON

ArtistShinro Ohtake

The inner courtyard contains a large buoy clearly out of proportion with the amount of available land, a tall-standing palm tree native to Megijima surrounded by a complex tangle of bent roots, tropical plants and other objects. Ohtake turned the entire area into an artwork based on the concept of“ roots” to symbolize the vitality of life that impressed him about Megijima Island.

Artist Shinro Ohtake

Shinro Ohtake
Born in Tokyo in 1955. Began showing his work inside and outside Japan since the early 1980s. Participated in the 8th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea, 2010), dOCUMENTA 13 (Germany, 2012), and in the 55th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2013). Major works at Benesse Art Site Naoshima include Shipyard Works (Naoshima, 1994), Art House Project "Haisha"(Dreaming Tongue / Bokkon-Nozoki) (Naoshima, 2006) and Naoshima Bath "I♥湯" (Naohshima, 2009). Also took part in Setouchi Triennale 2013 with his work MECON (Megijima).

MECON ,
2013

Information

Facilities and Services

About admission

・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.
Credit cards are not accepted.

Requests to visitors

When visiting the museum
  • ・Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • ・Visitors may not enter the MECON wearing bathing suits.
When viewing the artworks
  • ・Please do not touch the artworks themselves.
  • ・Please do not take videos, or make sketches in the museum. Visitors are allow to take photographs and use any photographs that they take for their personal enjoyment and not for publication.
    Visitors are requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc.
  • ・Please do not eat, drink, or smoke except in designated spaces.
  • ・The museum is located in residential areas. Please observe good manners and consider the local residents when walking around the islan

Contact

Megi Elementary School , 236-2 Megi-cho , Takamatsu , Kagawa 760-0092, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3754(Fukutake Foundation)

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