Benesse Art Site Naoshima


Morning Talk about Claude Monet by Ayano Hayashi: "Water Lilies in the morning sun and sweets the artist loved."

Chichu Art Museum permanently houses five works from Claude Monet's iconic "Water Lilies" series, painted by the artist in his later years. Monet was also very interested in cuisine, and he was an avid gardener and cook. As a tribute to this aspect of the artist's life, we will host a tour to explore the theme of art and food in Monet's life, inviting freelance curator Ayano Hayashi, whose special interest lies in finding and introducing a culinary connection in the work of painters - with a special focus on artists from the impressionist period. Participants to the tour can enjoy viewing Monet's Water Lilies before the museum's opening hours, bathed in the morning sun, while listening to Hayashi's insights about Monet's life and oeuvre. Also included in the program is a special dessert plate to be sampled at the Chichu Café.
The event is exclusively open to guests staying at Benesse House on February 11th (Saturday).

Ayano Hayashi
Hayashi is a curator and art writer. Her major curated exhibitions have been "Paul Klee: Lines and Colors," and "In the Days of Picasso and Klee" and her books are "Monet: His Garden and Recipes," and "Vermeer's Dining Table: His Life and Recipes" (both published by Kodansha Ltd.)


February 12, 2017 (Sunday)

*including admission to Chichu Art Museum and dessert plate

30 participants
*reservations will close upon reaching full capacity

Please apply for this program as an accommodation option after booking your room at Benesse house, by sending a message through the contact form.

8:50 a.m. Special shuttle-bus to Chichu Art Museum, leaving from Benesse House lobby
9:00 a.m. Before-hours Monet viewing and curator talk at Chichu Art Museum
10:00 a.m. Tour end
*After the museum's opening at 10:00 a.m., participatns can also view the other works in the museum, and enjoy the special dessert plate at the Chichu Café at any time.

In addition, we will host two special Museum Tours on February 19(Sunday) and February 26, 2017 (Sunday): these tours include a guided visit conducted by museum staff and a dessert plate. The fee is JPY4,570 ( Chichu Art Museum admission and dessert plate included ). The itinerary and application are the same as above.

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