NAOSHIMA ISLAND (直島): STEP AWAY FROM CITY LIFE

If you’re a big fan of modern art as we do, this might be your cup of tea. There is no better way to celebrate Museum Day than to take a trip down to nearby museum, planning a museums trip or simply just talking about our favorite museum.

Today we are going to share about one of our favourite findings - Naoshima Island (直島), is located in the Seto Inland Sea, which is part of Kagawa Prefecture; the perfect place for a getaway from city life. Wait, isn't about museums?

Yes! Well, this whole island consist of contemporary museums that will stun you! Naoshima Island  is known as the Japanese 'Art Island' with the list of modern art museum, architecture and sculptures that will awe you.  Naoshima’s art was mostly installed by the Benesse Corporation, while the museum’s architect was designened by Ando Tadao. 

Curious, aren't you? 

...scroll down for a short tour!

 

Chichu Art Museum was built underground in 2004. The artworks displayed in the building - which is designed by Tadao Ando - permanently are by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria.

There is also a cafe in the open patio which offers "relaxation in the taste of the outdoors, the perfect way to end your museum visit" it says.

...and for some of you who wants to have merchandise, you can find a Chichu Store! 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Lee Ufan Museum which started from the collaboration between an artist Lee Ufan and an architect Tadao Ando. The museum which is located in the middle of hills and ocean - provide a space where nature, architecture and art harmonised together. 

 
 
 
Artist Lee Ufan
Architect Tadao Ando
 
 
 

Teshima Art Museum which is located on a hill of Teshima Island - combining two creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa. The building itself represents a water droplet at the moment of landing; the surroundings itself brings together nature, art and architecture in harmon.  

 
 
 
 
 

Miyanoura Gallery 6 which you can find in the Miyanoura District; “Pachinko 999 (Three Nine)” was transformed by Architect Taira Nishizawa.

 
 
 
 
 

Inujima “Art House Project” used to be made up of three galleries, F-Art House, S-Art House, and I-Art House(in 2010). Each and every one of the gallery was designed for special displays. As in 2013, there are two new galleries, A-Art House and C-Art House. All the galleries are established with varieties of different materials which displays unique trait. 

 
 
  - S-Art House

- S-Art House

  - I-Art House

- I-Art House

 
 
 
  - Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama

- Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama

 
 

Sources : [1], [2], [3]