Miracle of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima is the first Keynote event in the ongoing M+ Matters series of public talks and symposia. M+ Matters Keynote invites international thinkers and practitioners to discuss their experiences and insights into influential projects that have defined the cultural landscape of the twenty-first century. 

Initiated by Soichiro Fukutake in the late 1980s, the Benesse Art Site Naoshima is an ambitious cultural project that emphasises connections between art, nature, architecture and local communities on Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, three islands in the Seto Inland Sea in western Japan. To date, many contemporary artists and architects have conceived and realised site-specific works that explore the relationship between art and the surrounding environments.

In M+ Matters Keynote: Miracle of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Soichiro Fukutake along with two of his collaborators, the celebrated Japanese architects, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA and the international artistic director of the project, Akiko Miki reflect on the project and explain how the art viewing experience creates a visually engaging journey in dialogue with a local context. The talk also highlights the transformative effect that the Benesse Art Site Naoshima has had on its location, and how the project has been regenerating the communities and economic fabric of the isolated and depopulating region and establishing them as a successful and sustainable cultural destination in Asia.

Friday, 8 December, 2017

5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

Soichiro Fukutake, President, Benesse Art Site Naoshima; Chairman of the Board, Fukutake Foundation; and General Producer, Setouchi Triennale
Kazuyo Sejima, Principal Architect, SANAA
Ryue Nishizawa, Principal Architect, SANAA
Akiko Miki, International Artistic Director, Benesse Art Site Naoshima

This talk is a partner programme of BODW.

The talk will be conducted in Japanese, with English and Cantonese simultaneous interpretation.

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.


minnie.cheung@mplus.org.hk / (852) 2200 0137

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if typhoon signal no. 8 or black rainstorm warning is in force at or after 11:00 am on the day of the event.

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