Naoshima Island

by Jill on September 20, 2011

Located in the Seto Inland Sea in the Kagawa District of Japan, Naoshima Island is a small hilly island covered in luscious greenery and surrounded by sparkling blue water. Although it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth, it has become known for its art. There are many contemporary art museums such as the Benesee House Museum, Lee Ufan and Chichu Art Museum all designed by renowned architect, Tadao Ando. The museums house some truly mind-blowing art pieces by artists such as James Turrell, Claude Monet, Walter de Maria and Lee Ufan. There is also the Art House Project which takes empty houses scattered about a traditional Japanese town in the Honmura district, and turns the spaces within the house into an artwork. It is also worth mentioning that the island itself is peppered with sculpture and other projects by many artists.Benesse House MuseumAbove: Lee Ufan MuseumChichu Art MuseumYayoi Kusama, PumpkinEntrance to the James Turrell Art House Project, visitors are given 15 minutes to experience the piece.Naoshima Island is overwhelming in its beauty, in all of its forms, and one of the most incredible places I have ever experienced in my life.

One comment

Glad you like Naoshima, and I agree with you, parts of it (I’m thinking the beach near the Benesse House and Park) is possibly one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

by David @ Ogijima on September 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm. Reply #

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