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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.

Visit to the islands and closing symposium to celebrate 150 years of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations

Mar 06, 2018

Visit to the islands and closing symposium to celebrate 150 years of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations

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.Read article

Celebrating  150 years of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations <br> Benesse Art Site Naoshima's activities presented at symposium in Denmark on the theme of

Jul 19, 2017

Celebrating 150 years of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations
Benesse Art Site Naoshima's activities presented at symposium in Denmark on the theme of "Regional Development through Architecture, Nature and Art"

Benesse Art Site Naoshima's activities presented at symposium in Denmark on the theme of "Regional Development through Architecture, Nature and Art"Read article

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

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