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The Process of Creating Shinro Ohtake's New Work (Part 2: Transporting the Hull-Form from Uwajima)

Saturday, December 5. The hull-form that will form the core of Shinro Ohtake's new work was transported out of the shipyard in Uwajima. At seven AM, the hull-form emerged from the darkness of the shipyard, wrapped in white and looking like a bride in a pure, unsullied kimono just about to be wed. It moved slowly, along rails that must once have been used to slide out newly built ships one after another, drawing gradually closer to the shoreline.

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Seventeen meters long, 3.7 meters wide, weight five tons. The hull-form was picked up by a crane that had driven right up to the water's edge, and loaded onto a barge.

The hull-form had to be shipped to Teshima unscathed, not just to serve as an element in a work of art, but as an artifact in its own right, a monumental bearer of human memory. An atmosphere of tension pervaded the site as the work progressed step by step.

In fact, the departure had been scheduled two days earlier. For two days in a row, however, strong winds and high waves forced the postponement of the work, and now it was finally underway. There was no sense in battling nature, and nothing for the 14 staff members to do but wait for the wind to die down. Everyone watched solemnly as the hull-form gradually glided away from the shipyard rails.

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The barge carrying it slowly sailed away from the Uwajima shipyard. From here it would round Cape Sada, sail through Hiuchinada and Shiwaku, pass under the Seto Ohashi Bridge, and approach Teshima.

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It was to arrive at Ieura Port on Teshima on Tuesday, December 8. (Continued in Part 3)

The May 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

Apr 28, 2017

The May 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

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.Read article

Pannaphan Yodmanee, the winner of the 11th Benesse Prize visits the islands

Apr 21, 2017

Pannaphan Yodmanee, the winner of the 11th Benesse Prize visits the islands

Pannaphan Yodmanee, the winner of the 11th Benesse Prize, visited Benesse Art Site Naoshima in early March, 2017.Read article

An encounter with Lee Ufan: What it Means to Accept

Mar 03, 2017

An encounter with Lee Ufan: What it Means to Accept "Uncertainty"

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.Read article

Conference by Michael Govan

Feb 15, 2017

Conference by Michael Govan

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.Read article

Naoshima Hall wins 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award in Best New Public Building category

Feb 10, 2017

Naoshima Hall wins 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award in Best New Public Building category

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.Read article

Morning Talk about Claude Monet by Ayano Hayashi:

Dec 22, 2016

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.Read article

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