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Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan

September 2009

Commission

Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan

September 2009

Announcing New Site Specific Works at Benesse Art Site Naoshima by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Teresita Fernández

We've continued our art activities in Naoshima called Benesse Art Site Naoshima for over twenty years as the company's CSR since 1989. Benesse Art Site Naoshima is determined to rediscover the charm of the site by having artists transform existing space into art space.

This year, we will be opening two art spaces that are newly revised and transformed into art spaces respectively by two artists, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Teresita Fernández. Hiroshi Sugimoto will be displaying five of his photographic works including "Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut," "World Trade Center" and three other works from his architectural series, and "Pine Trees" to create a space to meditate for peace. Teresita
Fernández will be transforming a passage in the hotel building into an artwork titled "Blind Blue Landscape."

These two new art spaces are consistent with the main theme of our activities which is to create a site where people can rethink what it means to live well through spending time in a situation where they are enriched with nature, humankind, art and architecture. We are hopeful that these new artworks will be cherished by visitors as new charms of our activities.

We are also planning to publish another issue of "Naoshima Newsletter." We hope this press release attracts your interest. We would like to ask that you consider covering this information in your publications or featuring it in your media.


Site Specific Work "Blind Blue Landscape" by Teresita Fernández

A site-specific work, "Blind Blue Landscape," by American artist Teresita Fernández (b. Miami, 1968), will be completed in the corridor that connects Benesse House Park and Terrace Restaurant. It is scheduled to open in September 2009. This work covers the corridor walls of the building designed by Tadao Ando, and consists of cubes that reflect passers-by and the surrounding scenery. When viewing this artwork from a distance, viewers and the artwork merge together to create a new landscape.

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