The Benesse Art Site Naoshima is a series of art projects developed on Naoshima Island (in the Seto Inland Sea) that focuses on contemporary art in harmony with the natural beauty and local culture. This amazing art project is not in Tokyo but the place is so wonderful that I wanted to share the photos with you.
It has its own collection and permanent site-specific installations not only within its galleries, but also in all parts of the building, the seashore and in the nearby forest.
Lee Ufan Museum is a collaboration between artist Lee Ufan, and architect Tadao Ando. The semi-underground structure is located in a valley surrounded by mountains and sea, offering a harmony between nature, architecture, and art.
Chichu Art Museum was constructed in 2004 as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. Artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in a building designed by Tadao Ando. To ensure that the museum does not affect the beautiful scenery of Naoshima, the majority of the building is located underground.
The Art House Project began in 1998 with Tatsuo Miyajima’s Kadoya, and presently comprises seven houses: Kadoya, Minamidera, Kinza, Go’o Shrine, Ishibashi, Gokaisho, and Haisha. The Art House Project takes empty houses scattered about residential areas, and turns them into works of art, weaving in the history and memories of the period when the houses were homes.
Teshima Art Museum is the brainchild of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa. Shaped like a drop of water, the museum stands on a hill surrounded by rice terraces. The building consists of a concrete shell, devoid of pillars. On the highest ceiling two oval openings allow the air, sounds, and light of the world outside into this organic space where nature and architecture seem interconnected. Teshima Museum is simply sublime.