Benesse Art Site Naoshima


The Process of Creating Shinro Ohtake's New Work (Part 2: Transporting the Hull-Form from Uwajima)

Saturday, December 5. The hull-form that will form the core of Shinro Ohtake's new work was transported out of the shipyard in Uwajima. At seven AM, the hull-form emerged from the darkness of the shipyard, wrapped in white and looking like a bride in a pure, unsullied kimono just about to be wed. It moved slowly, along rails that must once have been used to slide out newly built ships one after another, drawing gradually closer to the shoreline.




Seventeen meters long, 3.7 meters wide, weight five tons. The hull-form was picked up by a crane that had driven right up to the water's edge, and loaded onto a barge.

The hull-form had to be shipped to Teshima unscathed, not just to serve as an element in a work of art, but as an artifact in its own right, a monumental bearer of human memory. An atmosphere of tension pervaded the site as the work progressed step by step.

In fact, the departure had been scheduled two days earlier. For two days in a row, however, strong winds and high waves forced the postponement of the work, and now it was finally underway. There was no sense in battling nature, and nothing for the 14 staff members to do but wait for the wind to die down. Everyone watched solemnly as the hull-form gradually glided away from the shipyard rails.





The barge carrying it slowly sailed away from the Uwajima shipyard. From here it would round Cape Sada, sail through Hiuchinada and Shiwaku, pass under the Seto Ohashi Bridge, and approach Teshima.


It was to arrive at Ieura Port on Teshima on Tuesday, December 8. (Continued in Part 3)


Fukutake House

Oct 07, 2019

Fukutake House "Meeting Asia / Meeting Artists: Heri Dono"

On April 26th, 2019, the first day of the Setouchi Triennale 2019, a talk event with Heri Dono, an internationally renowned Indonesian artist was held with some of his works on display in the exhibition space. Fifteen university students who participated in the event listened to what the artist had to say with rapt attention.Read article


Sep 28, 2019

Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum Opens in Miyanoura Gallery 6 for the Setouchi Triennale 2019 Autumn Session

On Saturday, September 28th, 2019, at the beginning of the Setouchi Triennale 2019 Autumn Session, the Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum opened in Miyanoura Gallery 6 to investigate and exhibit regarding Yoichi Midorikawa, a photographer who photographed the Setouchi area from the 1930's through to the first part of the 2000's.Read article

We spoke to two ladies from

Sep 02, 2019

We spoke to two ladies from "Kamedaya", who sell fruit from Teshima at a Needle Factory square

During the periods that the Setouchi Triennale is running (Spring: Apr. 26th to May 26th, 2019. Summer: Jul. 19th to Aug. 25th. Fall: Sep. 28th to Nov. 4th), Ms. Iwanaga and Ms. Yamugi, from a community of ladies on the island known as "Kamedaya," sell Teshima-grown fruit and gelato and jams made from Teshima-grown fruit to visitors of the island.Read article

The Performance Event

Aug 20, 2019

The Performance Event "Déjà vu - the Living Heritage" Was Held

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, "Déjà vu - the Living Heritage", the performance event, was held at Fukutake House in Fukuda, Shodoshima. At the venue, artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand conducted performances that showcased their unique cultural backgrounds. There were also a lot of stalls and workshops for Asian cuisine by nearby restaurants, and the event bustled with 300 visitors.Read article

The Naoshima Plan 2019

Aug 19, 2019

The Naoshima Plan 2019 "The Water" conveys Naoshima's abundance and beauty

A traditional, 200-year-old home in Honmura, Naoshima island. It used to be a post office for a long time. During the Setouchi Triennale 2019, this building will serve as a rest stop for visitors and islanders. Hiroshi Sambuichi was the architect who designed the renovated building. He has worked on The Naoshima Plan since 2011, a project spotlighting how residents used nature in their homes, village layout, and water gutters.Read article

New work of Inujima

Jul 30, 2019

New work of Inujima "Art House Project" C-Art House unveiled to island residents

The new work of Inujima "Art House Project" C-Art House, "Untitled (Flowers at C-Art House)," was formally unveiled by its artist Masanori Handa to the residents of Inujima on Thursday, July 18th, 2019.Read article