Symposium on: Nature, Art, Architecture and Regional Revitalization

BBJ attending the Danish Arts Foundation and Fukutake Foundation’s symposium “From Naoshima to the World: Exchanging perspectives on Nature, Art, Architecture and Regional Revitalization”.

On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark, a public symposium was held at Benesse Art Site Naoshima to reflect from an international perspective and through mutual exchanges with Denmark about the interrelations between “Nature, Art, Architecture and Regional Revitalization”.

The symposium includes a keynote lecture by Hiroshi Sugimoto about “nature, art and architecture”. The artist discussing the development of his works, from installing his photographs within a natural setting to architectural interventions for the Go’o Shrine in Naoshima, and finally to the creation of his own foundation space where art, architecture and nature merge into an artwork. Naoshima Town’s Mayor, Michiru Hamanaka, was presenting his perspectives about “art and architecture, regional administration and regional revitalization”, explaining the local context and developing on the relations nurtured between the local government and Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

Lastly, the symposium is also an occasion to exchange views from both a local and international perspective with the feedback from a delegation of Danish guests, including distinguished representatives from the Danish Agency for Culture and Danish Arts Foundation, about their visits at Benesse Art Site Naoshima during the preceding days.