Naoshima is an island highly evaluated as an “art island”. In fact, Naoshima is full of artworks, site-specific installations and museums of contemporary art. The Benesse House Museum is a project of one of the most important architect in Japan and in all over the world: Tadao Ando. He designed also the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, and designed him inner space near to Honmura ferry port. For more infos about Benesse Art Site in Naoshima just wait the next #asianseries post.
To welcome people in Miyanoura ferry port there is the Kusama’s “Red pumpkin” work. That pumpkin is a very huge installation with black dots painted allover. You can go inside the pumpkin and view the landscape through the big dot-windows, that gives you an experience of the atmosphere of the island.
Just close to the Miyanoura ferry port there is a work by the architect Sou Fujimoto. Naoshima islands consisting of 27 islands and this work was born as the 28th island. With “Another island” you can feel nature and scenary of Naoshima as art. This artwork is made by 250 pieces of stainless steel. It’s beautiful to see this artwork when is night because it’s full illuminated, it’s also possible to go inside the installation.
Before arriving to the Benesse Art Site there is “Yellow pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama. Both pumpkins are symbols of Naoshima appears beautifully in front of the deep blue sea and sky. The yellow pumpkin is located along the beach, immersed in an awesome scenary.
I hope this little taste of art will make you curious to visit Naoshima and discover all the awesome artworks in the island.