The small islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima in the Seto Inland Sea are an unreal experience for those that appreciate contemporary art. Historically the islands thrived with various industries which died off with the times. The islands are now experiencing a great interest from the world through the help of Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Chichu Art Museum, Art House Project and other small galleries scattered throughout the islands. The Setouchi Triennale art festival attracts many artists and visitors with an unique approach to revive the aging communities and co-exist with standing structures and the environment. The Seto Inland Sea islands are possibly the most interesting places in the world for those interested in art and progressive ideas in this ever changing world.
Naoshima of Kagawa prefercture is considered the main island within the Seto Inland Sea art islands. The Benesse House empire along with its world renowned Chichu Art Museum is situated on Naoshima island. Catch long and uninterrupted views of Keith Haring, Cy Twombly, Jackson Pollock, Nam June Paik, Jean Michel Basquiat, Richard Prince and other G.O.A.T.(s) of the art game at the Benesse House Museum (which is also a hotel!?).
Not to be overshadowed by Naoshima, Teshima houses the Teshima Art Museum. Exhibitions at this open space architectural masterpiece designed by Ryue Nishizawa and artist Rei Naito make you question perspectives. Water drops, drips, puddles, gravity and this futuristic organic looking minimal concrete structure make you ponder into the rice fields on the meaning of life. Tadanori Yokoo, one of the most interesting psychedelic graphic designers/artists has a gallery collaboration with architect Yuko Nagayama that reflects his eclectic mind at the Teshima Yokoo House.
Though there are other islands within the Seto Inland network, Inujima is the third island with the most visits for its unique presentation of contemporary art. Ruins of a copper refinery from the early 20th century was converted to Inujima Seirensho Art Museum. Inujima Art House Project are galleries and art scattered throughout the sleepy village with a population around 100.