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

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".

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Based around the concept of "autonomous community development" championed by the late Mayor Chikatsugu Miyake, the town of Naoshima has since the 1970s been the site of around 20 building projects by Japanese and international architects. This issue's special feature traces, in the form of a chronology, the people who were involved in creating this architecture, and presents comments from people whose daily lives closely interrelate with it. The past few years have seen new additions: Naoshima Hall, the new community center completed in December 2015, and the LABYRINTH OF CHERRY BLOSSOM created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Naoshima's establishment as a town. This issue includes messages from the people behind these projects, architects Hiroshi Sambuichi and Tadao Ando and current Naoshima Mayor Mitsuru Hamanaka.

During the spring and summer seasons of the Setouchi Triennale 2016, two special exhibitions on the theme of architecture will be held on Naoshima.
One, entitled Naoshima Architectures: Naoshima Blueprint, re-examines visions for the future of the island, expressed through architecture by the project clients and architects of succesive past eras. The other, called The Naoshima Plan: Hiroshi Sambuichi, presents the concepts underlying Naoshima Hall, designed by Hiroshi Sambuichi in 2015, and the private home Hiroshi Sambuichi built in Naoshima (called "Matabe.") These exhibitions will next be open for viewing during the summer session of the Triennale (and briefly over Golden week, from April 29 to May 5), but we hope the contents of this issue will help enrich your knowledge of Naoshima's architecture beforehand.

For our ongoing series "The Islanders," we conversed with Chieko Tsugita, a resident of Inujima. Ms. Tsugita speaks on a wide variety of topics to visitors of the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum who have just emerged from the museum's Sun Gallery. The old copper refinery (the seirensho in the museum's name) had already closed its doors when she was born, and she shares stories about how she played at the abandoned site in her talks, which she has continued giving for nearly eight years since the museum opened. What drives Chieko Tsugita to keep on telling people the story of Inujima? She discusses this and other topics in the interview.

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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