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

The July 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature about "Teshima 8 Million Lab," our latest permanent facility which opened in the Kou district of Teshima island on March 20th, 2016.

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On Teshima island, Benesse Art Site Naoshima presents works of art that explore the fundamental theme of "Life and Death." The latest addition is Teshima 8 Million Lab by artist Sputniko!. In it, the artist suggests a possible "future" defined by science and technology, through the medium of art.
As times change, we are constantly forced reexamine our ideas and views about "life and death." Teshima 8 Million Lab raises questions about social values, beliefs and attitudes that may alter our assumptions about what the future will be like. This issue of NAOSHIMA NOTE features Teshima 8 Million Lab, including an introduction to the facility and artwork, as well as a conversation between artist Sputniko! and Yoshimi Yashiro, associate professor at Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application. In it, they discuss the work from the viewpoint of life science.

The column "Opinion - Thoughts on the Local Community" introduces the various programs to which the Fukutake Foundation provides financial support. In this issue, the column focuses on Kanayo Ueda, "poetry entrepreneur" and director of the NPO "COCOROOM." Her poetry projects began in 2003 at "Festival Gate," an entertainment complex supported by both public and private sectors in Osaka city. Due to changes in Osaka city's cultural policy, she relocated to Kamagasaki, in 2008. Ueda has focused her attention on the elderly men of Kamagasaki, and learned a great deal about Japanese modern history. Inspired by her encounters, she established "Kamagasaki Art University" which offers free classes for the townspeople. A participant of the "Yokohama Triennale 2014," Ueda recently initiated a project called "Drifting Kama Gei" in which she and the elderly men from Kamagasaki visit schools in the local Nishinari Ward of Osaka, to which Kamagasaki belongs. She also launched a project called "Cocoroom Cafe Garden Guest House." In this column, Ueda writes about the social issues of Kamagasaki which she learned about from the townsmen participating in her program, various projects she has launched in the past, and her future plans.

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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