Japanese Art Pearl in the Seto Inland Sea
Watch out for the summer months though, it is hot and humid and usually more expensive at peak times like this!!
Below is a look at the "I Love You" art bath house created by Shinro Ohtake, where you can unwind after a hard day looking at art and maybe meet some of the locals.
I'm inspired by places like Naoshima irregardless of the fact that they have become commercial tourist ventures, simply because i understand that if you want excellence then it's going to cost and someone has to pay. There is a great cultural legacy preserved here! If anyone is unable to travel then at least they can visit online where the art is documented reasonably.
Art isn't cheap and should always be valued for what it is; a lifetime invested, often at great personal cost and with the highest form of human sensitivity and inventiveness at work! The philanthropic art collector/owner of Benesse has made a valiant effort to create something of lasting value for future generations.
On these islands Benesse has attempted to construct a peaceful and elegant sanctuary for human expression without it ever having to be dismantled and removed from context. It is a prime example of Donald Judd's mandate that art be maintained in situ in perpetuity, in order that it be seen for what it "is" and not what a curator thinks it "could or should be!"
Here's a short video tour of some of the sights!
Read more about Naoshima at the following links: