A traditional, 200-year-old home in Honmura, Naoshima island. It used to be a post office for a long time. During the Setouchi Triennale 2019, this building will serve as a rest stop for visitors and islanders. Hiroshi Sambuichi was the architect who designed the renovated building. He has worked on The Naoshima Plan since 2011, a project spotlighting how residents used nature in their homes, village layout, and water gutters.
Teshima Art Museum's special morning viewing program lets visitors catch site of the first signs of the water emerging, marking the beginning of a new day. We started this program in 2017 after receiving many requests asking to see the museum at the start of the day when it is still a blank slate. The morning viewing program is now its third year. We covered its session on April 14, 2019 for this article.
Launched in 2006, the Naoshima Rice-Growing Project began from the idea of "reviving rice cultivation on Naoshima, as well as re-evaluating from the present what daily life was like in the past on an island founded on rice cultivation (Japan)." Here we will tell you more about the ways in which locals on the island harness various parts of the rice plant.
To celebrate the completion of Yellow Flower Dream by Beatriz Milhazes, a major Brazilian artist, an unveiling ceremony and workshop with local residents was held at Inujima "Art House Project" A-Art House on October 31st, 2018, the day before the work's public opening.
Building on the friendship ties nurtured with Denmark during the 150th anniversary of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations celebrated throughout 2017, a delegation of esteemed architects, artists, scholars and officials from the Nordic country visited the islands of Naoshima, Inujima and Teshima for three days from October 9th to 11th, with the aim of exchanging perspectives on the potential of nature, art and architecture as agents for regional revitalization.
Benesse Art Site Naoshima's activities presented at symposium in Denmark on the theme of "Regional Development through Architecture, Nature and Art"
The May 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature about "Artist at Gallery 6 2016" presented at Miyanoura Gallery 6.
Pannaphan Yodmanee, the winner of the 11th Benesse Prize, visited Benesse Art Site Naoshima in early March, 2017.
Lee Ufan was one of the leading figures of the Mono-ha school (School of Things), a contemporary art movement emerging in Japan in the late 1960s. A talk by Lee Ufan was held in Naoshima in January 2017, providing a deeper insight into the experience of the Lee Ufan Museum through the direct words of the artist.
In autumn last year, a momentous conference by Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), was held at Benesse Art Site Naoshima.
Designed by architect Hiroshi Sambuichi and completed in November 2015, Naoshima Hall is a public hall built in the Honmura district for the residents of Naoshima Island. The hall took the top spot in the Best New Public Building category of this year's coveted Wallpaper* Design Awards, presented by the eponymous British magazine.
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.
On September 18th, 2016, prior to the beginning of the Setouchi Triennale autumn season, Olafur Eliasson's artwork Self-loop was unveiled to the public inside I-Art House at Inujima Art House Project.
The October 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature entitled "The Setouchi Triennale 2016 and People's Involvements".
In the summer and autumn of 2015, Miyanoura Gallery 6 hosted an art project called "Artist at Gallery 6" inviting three socially engaged artists in residence to prepare installations for the following year:Yuki Iiyama, Yoshinori Niwa, and Mari Katayama.
To mark the opening of Christian Boltanski's new work on Teshima "La forêt des murmures" an artist talk was held at the Karato auditorium on Teshima on July 18th, 2016, the exhibition's opening day.
On July 18th, 2016, the first day of the Setouchi Triennale summer season, Christian Boltanski's artwork, "La forêt des murmures" also opened to the public.
In Inujima, four performing arts programs will be introduced at the summer and autumn seasons of the Setouchi Triennale 2016.
The July 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature about "Teshima 8 Million Lab," our latest permanent facility which opened in the Kou district of Teshima island on March 20th, 2016.
Artist unit "Nadegata Instant Party" will turn the towering presence of Mt.Danyama in the center of Teshima into a stage for theatrical performance, by planning various installations and events, involving numerous people and committing itself to the local community.
The April 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature entitled "Naoshima Architecture Chronicle―Visualizing the Future of the Town and its People".
The French art historian Philippe Piguet gave a talk at Benesse House, Naoshima.
Synchronously to the opening of the Setouchi Triennale on March 20th, 2016, two new art facilities are opening on Teshima Island. Special sneak previews were held on March 16th, exclusively for the residents of Teshima Island.
March 20 marks the start of the spring term of the Setouchi Triennale 2016, and with it the opening of Sputniko!'s Teshima 8 Million Lab, a new permanent facility on the island of Teshima.
The January 2016 issue contains a special feature on the latest work by artist Shinro Ohtake, which opens to the public on March 20th, 2016.
Guided and watched over by island residents, the hull-form was carried toward the village of Ieura-oka, where the former sewing needle factory is located.
The hull-form that will form the core of Shinro Ohtake's new work was transported out of the shipyard in Uwajima.
The artist Shinro Ohtake is currently in the process of producing a new work for the Setouchi Triennale 2016, to be installed in a disused sewing needle factory in the Ieura-oka area of Teshima.
The latest (October 2015) issue contains a special feature on "Benesse Art Site Naoshima at Night," which offers information on ways to experience Benesse Art Site Naoshima after sunset and on into the night.
Miyanoura Gallery 6, in the Miyanoura district of Naoshima, got a fresh start this summer as a gathering place aimed at generating new value through interactions among people, offering visitors the chance not only to view works of art but also to take part in workshops, artist talks, and a wide range of other events.