Naoshima: Japan's artistic island

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Naoshima: Japan's artistic island

Discover sumptuous Naoshima, the island where art is the watchword.

Located in the heart of the Seto Inland Sea, about 200 kilometres from Osaka, this gem of Japan has become world famous for its museums of modern art and the architecture of some of its buildings. This true ‘outdoor museum' of about 3,400 inhabitants—all on eight square kilometres—was the brainchild of Soichiro Fukutake, president of Benesse, a company specializing in education, who decided to make Naoshima the capital of art.

To complete the project, Fukutake recruited Tadao Ando, ​​the famous Japanese architect who has designed several museums—including the Chichu Art Museum, the 007 Museum, and the Lee Ufan Museum. He designed all the buildings of the ‘Benesse Art Site' where you will find among others, works by Richard Long, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock. Another feature of Naoshima, and far from the least, is the island's many sculptures scattered about, which you can observe as you take the time for a spiritual stroll

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