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Art House Project

In Honmura, half a dozen traditional buildings have been turned over to contemporary artists to use as the setting for creative installations, often incorporating local history. Highlights include Ōtake Shinrō's sha…
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Chichū Art Museum

A short walk from Benesse House is this Andō Tadao creation. A work of art itself, the museum consists of a series of cool concrete-walled spaces sitting snugly underground. Lit by natural light, it provides a remar…
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Benesse House Museum

Award-winning architect Andō Tadao designed this stunning museum and hotel on the south coast of the island. Among the works here are pieces by Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, and Japanese artists such as …
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Yellow Pumpkin

This large yellow pumpkin sculpture, by Japanese artist Kusama Yayoi, has become a symbol of the island of Naoshima. It's perched on the end of a small jetty. Pumpkins are revered by Kusama for their quiet exuberanc…
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Haisha

The shack-like Haisha by Ōtake Shinrō is a highlight of the Art House Project collection of sites, notable for its Statue of Liberty sculpture, which rises up through the levels of the house.
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Lee Ufan Museum

Adding to Benesse's suite of museums is yet another design from the irrepressible Andō Tadao. It houses works by the renowned Korean-born artist (and philosopher) Lee Ufan, who was a leading figure in the Mono-ha mo…
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Minami-dera

Minami-dera, one of the sites within the Art House Project, is a James Turrell experiment with light. Queue up to enter in total darkness…and wait. Eventually your eyes adjust and the space slowly reveals itself.
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Go'o Shrine

One of the sites in the Art House Project collection, this is Sugimoto Hiroshi's play on the traditional Go'o Shrine, with a glass staircase and a very narrow underground 'Stone Chamber'.
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Red Pumpkin

You can walk inside this large sculpture by Japanese artist Kusama Yayoi.