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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.

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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