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The January 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

The January 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature about Anri Sala's installation entitled "ALL OF A TREMBLE" unveiled to the public inside TESHIMA SEAWALL HOUSE on October 8th, 2016.

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Anri Sala, an artist from Albania who won the 10th Benesse Prize*, was commissioned to create and exhibit an artwork at TESHIMA SEAWALL HOUSE. His installation entitled "ALL OF A TREMBLE" was completed after a three-year preparation period. Using the entire structure of the house without altering its overall appearance or framework, Sala developed a delicately harmonious work composed of musical instruments, moving images, and sounds. Suzuri is a small district with a population of about twenty people, located northeast of Ieura port. According to a written record on old houses in Teshima, "A strong sea breeze always blows across the region. Especially in winter, chilly winds blow from the sea (...).This is why the houses have trees in the garden to cut out the wind. The trees planted in the garden are very tall. Some places are protected by stone walls instead of trees." The house in Suzuri, a very common vernacular structure in Teshima, had been vacant until it was revived with Sala's installation. Its rebirth ensures that the house provides a place for people to think about the profound themes of life and death and the process of life, just as Benesse Art Site Naoshima aims to do with its activities.

In the series "The Islanders," we present an interview with Sadako Kanemitsu of Naoshima Island.
There is a gallery called Miyanoura Gallery 6 located in the Miyanoura District on Naoshima Island, opened by Benesse Art Site Naoshima in the summer of 2013. The building used to be a pachinko parlor called "999 [Three Nine]" and was renovated by architect Taira Nishizawa. In the back of the gallery is a barbecue restaurant, "Henkotsuen." Sadako Kanemitsu, wife of the pachinko parlor owner, Kyoichi Kanemitsu, still manages the restaurant by herself.

You can access the digital version of NAOSHIMA NOTE here.

*Benesse Prize: A prize awarded to promising young artists selected from the participants of the Venice Biennale until its 10th edition. Awardees in the past include Cai Guo Qiang, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, and Olafur Eliasson. The 11th Benesse Prize will be presented to an artist participating in the Singapore Biennale 2016.

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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