History of Benesse Art Site Naoshima

Benesse Art Site Naoshima's origin can be traced back to the overlapping vision of two men.
Tetsuhiko Fukutake, the founding president of Fukutake Publishing, who aspired to create a place in the Seto Inland Sea where children from all over the world could gather; and Chikatsugu Miyake, then incumbent mayor of Naoshima, who dreamt of developing a cultural and educational area on the island.
Here is a chronological introduction to the project's history, spanning over a period of approximately 30 years.