Apr 24, 2015

Benesse Art Site Naoshima

Benesse Art Site Naoshima

ABOUT THAT OASIS LIFE....

Soichiro Fukutake  President, Benesse Art Site Naoshima

An Oasis for Living Well
From Naoshima, the view of the Inland Sea is truly tranquil and picturesque. Over the span of more than 20 years, we have been cultivating an oasis on and around Naoshima, far from the bustle of cities flooded with information, burdened by stress, and distracted by excessive entertainment. Our vision has been to create a physically and mentally rejuvenating haven where you may find yourself musing on the true meaning of "living well" (which is what the word Benesse was coined to mean), and at the same time, a place where art is not experienced by studying set attitudes but appreciated on your own terms, as another opportunity to ponder living well. Benesse Art Site Naoshima combines Benesse House (a symphony of nature, art, and architecture), the Art House Project (which weaves threads of everyday home life with the substantial strands of history), and Chichu Art Museum, a fresh reinterpretation of the potential of art museums.
Our work now encompasses projects on nearby islands. Inujima is not just a government-designated site commemorating Japan's industrial heritage; it is also the venue of the eco-themed Inujima Seirensho Art Museum (refinery) and the Inujima "Art House Project". On neighboring Teshima, a project on the theme of "nourishment" is underway. 
Although the message these islands of the Inland Sea transmit to Japan and the world beyond is powerful, they maintain a quietly assertive presence as sites of creation where the rhythms of local nature, history, and art are in tune. We invite you to visit our oasis and remember what it means to live well.

Soichiro Fukutake  President, Benesse Art Site Naoshima