Benesse Art Site: A Collective Way of Appreciating Art in Naoshima

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  • Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture in Japan. However, it is boasting in beautiful scenery of unspoiled nature and country lifestyle particularly in the areas of Naoshima and Teshima.

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    To express the beauty of art in these places, Benesse Holdings Inc. and Fukutake Foundation collected all the art-related activities into one and called it the “Benesse Art Site Naoshima.” So, here are some of the artistic places worth visiting.

    Chichu Art Museum

    Chichu Art Museum shows the relationship between nature and people. It was built in the year 2004 mostly underground so it won’t be spoiling the natural scenery of Seto Inland Sea. However, beautiful lighting was setup to make the appearance of the artwork naturally changing. Some of the permanent artworks included here are from great artists like Claude Monet, James Turrell and Walter de Maria.

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    Benesse House Museum

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    Benesse House Museum is an integration of a hotel and a house into one. It was designed by Tadao Ando, a Japanese self-taught architect and opened in 1992. It has been built on high grounds so it will overlook the Seto Inland Sea. You can see the artworks in all parts of the building as if they’ve been scattered in different locations. It is open daily from 8 am to 9 pm with a 1,030 yen admission fee per person.

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    Art House Project

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    The Art House Project turns abandoned empty houses in Naoshima’s Honmura district into works of art retaining the memories of how it was used in the past. The project comprises 7 locations: Kadoya, Minamidera, Kinza, Go’o Shrine, Ishibashi, Gokaisho, and Haisha. It also shows a layer of time and history into the lives of the local people thus creating a positive interaction with the people. The place is open for viewing from 10 am to 4:30 pm with an admission fee of 1,030 yen.

    The Benesse Art Site in Naoshima is the perfect spot for enjoying different art forms in a variety of ways. It offers an enhancement in art knowledge and helps people appreciate interrelated relationships of art and people with society.

    Benesse Art Site Naoshima Website

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