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The January 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

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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. Ohtake has taken a large wooden hull-form, recovered from a shipyard in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, and installed it in an abandoned knitting needle factory in the Ieura-oka area of Teshima Island. With this simple gesture, the artist creates a multi-layered message to be unfolded by the viewer. In the magazine, tracing the backgrounds of both the location and the object itself, we get a sense of the history of life by the sea, the economic changes in post-war Japan, and a closer look at the lives of some of the people involved. Experiencing the artwork without such background knowledge is one way to enjoy it; however, the stories behind the work are sure to deepen your experience when you are face-to-face with the piece on Teshima Island.

In our recurring feature "The Islanders," we interviewed Ms. Sachiko Nishioka of Naoshima Island, who has been a great supporter from the very beginning of the ongoing Naoshima Rice-Growing Project, one of the projects originated during the NAOSHIMA STANDARD 2 (2006-2007) exhibition. Ms. Nishioka has been cultivating rice all her life: helping her family as a child, throughout her formative years, and continuing on after her marriage. In this interview, starting with our opening question, "What does growing rice mean to you?" our conversation goes ever deeper as we hear of her life story and how it has centered on the cultivation of rice.

Our column "Opinion: Thoughts on the Local Community" is written by a participant in one of the organizations to which the Fukutake Foundation provides financial support. This time, our contributor is Ms. Yumi Yoshikawa, director of Art Initiative ENVISI. She has directed various art projects in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, both before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the area in 2011. She first held an exhibition to revitalize the community in Minamisanriku in 2010, and because of the ties she built with the town at that time, she became greatly involved in restoring structures and providing necessary materials to the people after the tragedy. The community has struggled with its own issues for a long time, so many new problems arose in the aftermath of this traumatic event. At this notable time, five years after the earthquake, we asked her to write about what she has on her mind.

You can access the digital version of NAOSHIMA NOTE here.

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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