Benesse Art Site Naoshima


New project Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum
begins at Miyanoura Gallery 6.

In September 2019, the Setouchi "  " Museum project will begin at Miyanoura Gallery 6.

Setouchi "  " Museum was founded as a place for people living in Setouchi, people with connections to the area, and experts from a range of fields to meet, research, collect, exhibit, and discuss topics such as the scenery, landscape, culture, and history of the Setouchi region. The works will be recorded and preserved, and used for further exhibitions. This project is directed by artist Motoyuki Shitamichi.

The first exhibition is titled Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum, where the project will investigate and exhibit information about photographer Yoichi Midorikawa, who continuously took photos of the Setouchi region as it changed over the years, from the 1930s to the beginning of the 2000s. Spending his life in the Okayama area where he grew up, Midorikawa worked as a dentist on weekdays, and on Sundays he would travel around wearing his backpack filled with photography equipment, working on his photos. Midorikawa's photos show not just the beautiful Seto Inland Sea scenery, but also the islands that have been damaged by rapid modernization, and the people who work hard to live in an unforgiving environment; by looking at his photos, one can understand the reality of Setouchi in the modern times.

Through this exhibition, we hope that people can feel the way how Midorikawa has been facing the land and sea of Setouchi throughout his life.

Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum
Dates:September 28 - November 4, 2019 (Setouchi Triennale Fall Expansions)
Hours:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed:Mondays *Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
Admission:JPY 510 (JPY 520 from October 1st, 2019.) *free for children 15 and under