The Naoshima Spirit
Contemporary Art | The island of Naoshima, located at the core of an archipelago in the Seto Inland Sea, is currently characterized by an unparalleled cultural aura, receiving 500 000 international visitors each year. The pioneering spirit of this site can be traced back to Soichiro Fukutake’s visionary approach, which seeks to imbue the islanders with art, education and architecture; compelling them to transform the spaces and life that surrounds them.
Since 1970, prior to the island’s cultural development, Naoshima’s mayor focused on fostering education in its central region, with the construction of a primary school and a 3 building academic complex; these buildings were conceived by the architect Kazuhiro Ishii. However, Naoshima’s economic transformation started in 1985, and can be credited to Tetsuhiko Fukutake, chairman of a company that specializes in education : the […]
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