Naoshima Hall

Ein Werk des Architekten Hiroshi Sambuichi, in 2015 fertiggestellt. Es ist eine Mehrzweckhalle für die Einwohner von Honmura und wird als Sporthalle benutzt oder für kulturelle Aktivitäten wir zb Theater Aufführungen. Da würde ich echt gerne mal Badminton spielen.. der Boden ist aus Zypressenholz….

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Chichu Art Museum

Again, I could not take any pictures inside.. here are some of the internet just to make you see what I am talking about… The Chichi Art Museum was built underground and shows work by James Turrel, Walter de Maria and Monet. Actually the museum has been conceived by Tadao Ando to not use artificial lighting (they cheated in the bathrooms…) All the artwork is lid by openings in walls or ceilings…

Having read a lot about Turrell’s work, it was the first time for me to see and experience some of his work. A definite highlight…what a day…

I must say that these museums are very well organized. There were so many people who came to the museums , but at no point it was crowded or too busy. For some artworks time was limited and one had to stand in line for some minutes ( I also had to take off my shoes 3 times today to be allowed to see certain artworks…:) The museum guides had a very gentle and sensitive way to make us approach works in a certain way-really  nice, it makes a museums visit so much more enjoyable…


and here some of the pictures I took in Chichu Garden, it is such a pleasure to see flowers after a Canadian winter:



The Lee Ufan Museum

Just before going to Japan, I had started to read the Art of the encounter by Lee Ufan, not knowing that I would find this museum here, I did not got so far with my research about Naoshima.  This museum is the first devoted exclusively to Lee Ufan’s work, which seems to be simple, but also profound and rich. There is so much serenity and calmness around the place and the work….


Relatum-Point, Line, Plane 2010 in front of the museum



When Yolanda told me about Naoshima last year I started to research about this place and I was very much intrigued. I was so happy when I found out that the Setouchi Trienniale is happening this year, and  although the museums are there all the time, now there is art in every corner…

It was such a beautiful,  warm spring day, the best weather to walk between these three museums that were all conceived by Tadao Ando. Until now, I had only visited one building designed by Ando, the Gallery of the Langen Foundation annexed to the Museumsinsel Hombroich in Neuss, Germany. I am much impressed by this constellation of  nature, art and architecture here in Naoshima. The collection shown in the Benesse House includes work of some of the artist I have been looking at. For example mud paintings, as well as  wood and stone circles by Richard Long,  a drawing by Christo for the surrounded islands ( beautiful drawing!!) and  works made  by Jannis Kounellis and Shinro Ohtake.  The Museum is not very big, but really nice. Just the right size, it already made my day just going there. I could not take any pictures inside  but I will try to give you an impression of the site.


Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, 1994. Probably the most photographed work in the park


The Benesse Art Site, including guesthouses, the Art Museum with integrated Hotel in a Park that houses around 20 outdoor sculptures.

chichuBenesse House Museum



Drink a cup of tea by Kazuo Katase, 1987-94

View on Tokushima

Tokushima is right beside the ocean, on the east coast of Shikoku. Thus, many bridges are built over arms and rivers. They make it easy to find your way, such as the mountains, the rivers and bridges are points of orientation. Tokushima is not a huge town, quite comparable with Sherbrooke and the surrounding districts.