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The Magnificent Seven Art Sites: Benesse Naoshima

Part of a series focusing on the world's best art sites, this Photolog features images from Benesse Art Site on the small islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima in Japan. It brings together contemporary art and architecture in resonance with the pristine nature of the Seto Inland Sea region. Throughout the islands, artworks are exhibited inside specially-designed museum buildings, as well as in open-air settings, such as Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin.

The Magnificent Seven Art Sites: Benesse Naoshima

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (1994). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.

Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Richard Long][0], _Inland Sea Driftwood Circle_ (1997) and _River Avon Mud Circles by the Inland Sea_ (1997). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Jonathan Borofsky, _Three Chattering Man_ (1986); Kan Yasuda, _The Secret of the Sky_ (1996); and [Yukinori Yanagi][0], _The World Flag Ant Farm_ (1990). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Robert Rauschenberg][0], _Eco-Echo III_ (1992-93); [Joel Shapiro][1], _Untitled_ (2013); and Jennifer Bartlett, _Yellow and Black Boats_ (1985). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Jannis Kounellis][0], _Untitled_ (1983); Jannis Kounellis, _Untitled_ (1996); and [Hiroshi Sugimoto][1], _Cambrian Period_ (1992). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Bruce Nauman][0], _100 Live and Die_ (1984). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Bruce Nauman][0], _100 Live and Die_ (1984). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Bruce Nauman][0], _100 Live and Die_ (1984). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Hiroshi Sugimoto][0], _Time Exposed Norwegian Sea, Vesteralen Island_ (1990). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/hiroshi-sugimoto/
Yayoi Kusama’s Naoshima Pumpkin Swept Away by Typhoon
[Hiroshi Sugimoto][0], _Time Exposed Norwegian Sea_, Vesteralen Island (1990). Benesse House Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/hiroshi-sugimoto/
[Shinro Ohtake][0], _Shipyard Works: Cut Bow_ and _Shipyard Works: Stern with Hole_ (both 1990). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/shinro-ohtake/
[Cai Guo-Qiang][0], _Cultural Melting Bath: Project for Naoshima_ (1998). Benesse Art Sites, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Cai Guo-Qiang][0], Cultural Melting Bath: Project for Naoshima (1998). Benesse Art Sites, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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Chichu Art Museum. Architecture by Tadao Ando. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Chichu Art Museum. Architecture by Tadao Ando. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Chichu Art Museum. Architecture by Tadao Ando. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Chichu Art Museum. Architecture by Tadao Ando. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Chichu Art Museum. Architecture by Tadao Ando. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Chichu Art Museum. Architecture by Tadao Ando. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Claude Monet][0], _Water-Lily Pond_ (c.1915–26). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Claude Monet][0], _Water-Lily Pond_ (c.1915–26) and _Water Lillies_ (1914–17). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[James Turrell][0], _Afrum, Pale Blue_ (1968). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/james-turrell/
[James Turrell][0], _Open Sky_ (2004). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/james-turrell/
[James Turrell][0], _Open Sky_ (2004). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/james-turrell/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Time / Timeless / No Time_ (2004). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Time / Timeless / No Time_ (2004). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Time / Timeless / No Time_ (2004). Chichu Art Museum. Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Lee Ufan][0], _Relatum - Dialogue_ (2019). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Lee Ufan][0], _Porte vers l'infini_ (2010) and _Relatum - Dialogue_ (2019). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Lee Ufan][0], _Porte vers l'infini_ (2010). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Lee Ufan][0], _Relatum-Point, Line, Plane_ (2010). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Lee Ufan][0], _Relatum-Point, Line, Plane_ (2010). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Lee Ufan][0], _Relatum - A Signal_ (2010). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Lee Ufan][0], _Relatum - A Signal_ (2010). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Lee Ufan][0], _Relatum - Shadow of Stone_ (2010). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Lee Ufan][0], _Relatum - Silence_ (2010). Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Various artworks by Lee Ufan in Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
George Rickey, _Three Squares Vertical Diagonal_ (1972–1982). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Shinro Ohtake][0], _Shipyard Works: Cut Bow_ (1990). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/shinro-ohtake/
[Shinro Ohtake][0], _Shipyard Works: Cut Bow_ (1990). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/shinro-ohtake/
Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Walter de Maria][0], _Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown_ (2000). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown_ (2000). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown_ (2000). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown_ (2000). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown_ (2000). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
[Walter de Maria][0], _Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown_ (2000). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/walter-de-maria/
Kazuo Katase, _Drink a Cup of Tea_ (1987–94). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Kazuo Katase, _Drink a Cup of Tea_ (1987– 94). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Niki de Saint Phalle, _Le Banc_ (1989). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Niki de Saint Phalle, _Le Banc_ (1989). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Niki de Saint Phalle, _Le Banc_ (1989). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Niki de Saint Phalle, _Cat_ (1991). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Dan Graham][0], _Cylinder Bisected by Plane_ (1995). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Dan Graham][0], _Cylinder Bisected by Plane_ (1995). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Yayoi Kusama][0], _Pumpkin_ (1994). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Yayoi Kusama][0], _Pumpkin_ (1994). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Yayoi Kusama][0], _Pumpkin_ (1994). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Yayoi Kusama][0], _Red Pumpkin_ (2006). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Yayoi Kusama][0], _Red Pumpkin_ (2006). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Yayoi Kusama][0], _Red Pumpkin_ (2006). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
José de Guimarães, _Bunraku Puppet_ (year unknown). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Sou Fujimoto, _Naoshima Pavillion_ (2015). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Sou Fujimoto, _Naoshima Pavillion_ (2015). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Sou Fujimoto, _Naoshima Pavillion_ (2015). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
SANAA Architect, Port pavilion and bike shelter (2016). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
SANAA Architect, Port pavilion and bike shelter (2016). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
SANAA Architect, Port pavilion and bike shelter (2016). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Hiroshi Sugimoto][0], _Go’o Shrine: Appropriate Proportion_ (2002). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/hiroshi-sugimoto/
[Hiroshi Sugimoto][0], _Go’o Shrine: Appropriate Proportion_ (2002). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/hiroshi-sugimoto/
[Hiroshi Sugimoto][0], _Go’o Shrine: Appropriate Proportion_ (2002). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Hiroshi Sugimoto][0], _Go’o Shrine: Appropriate Proportion_ (2002). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/hiroshi-sugimoto/
Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[James Turrell][0], _Minamidera_ (1999), Tadao Ando (Architect). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/james-turrell/
Tadao Ando Museum, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Hiroshi Sambuichi, _Naoshima Hall_ (2015). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Hiroshi Sambuichi, Naoshima Hall (2015). Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Shinro Ohtake][0], _Dreaming Tongue, Bokkon-Nozoki_ (2006). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/shinro-ohtake/
[Tatsuo Miyajima][0], _Sea of Time_ (1998). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/tatsuo-miyajima/
[Shinro Ohtake][0], _Dreaming Tongue, Bokkon-Nozoki_ (2006). Art House Project, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/rei-naito/
[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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Benesse Art Site, Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/rei-naito/
[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/rei-naito/
[Rei Naito][0] and Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/rei-naito/
[Christian Boltanski][0], _Les Archive du Cœur_ (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/christian-boltanski/
[Christian Boltanski][0], _Les Archive du Cœur_ (2010). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/christian-boltanski/
Jasmina Llobet & Luis Fernandez Pons, _No One Wins - Multibasket_ (2013). Teshima Island, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.
[Tadanori Yokoo][0] and Yuko Nagayama, _Teshima Yokoo House_ (2013). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.


[0]: https://ocula.com/artists/tadanori-yokoo/
[Tadanori Yokoo][0] and Yuko Nagayama, Teshima Yokoo House (2013). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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[Tadanori Yokoo][0] and Yuko Nagayama, Teshima Yokoo House (2013). Benesse Art Site, Teshima Island, Japan. Photo: Georges Armaos.  


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