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Benesse House Museum

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Address: Godanji, Kagawa-gun, Naoshima-cho 761-3110, Kagawa Prefecture
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A short stop at a small art museum while you are in Naoshima.

The Benesse House Museum is another architectural site built by Ando. It is built with large simple concrete walls that he is known for. Sometimes the structure can overpower the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 November 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

I didn't stay at the house but others suggest if you can afford a night go for it. Stunning hillside location with fantastic views. Some great works by great artists that you can get close to and appreciate. Most of the works are now getting old and some look a little tired. Unfortunately you can't take photos in any of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Maybe a quarter of the art work really resonated with me, but it's a lovely space with great views. Completely uncrowded in February. Expensive but good latte in cafe.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

A lot of it wasn't, IMHO. My favorite was the tiny installation of wooden 'weeds' growing out of a gap in the concrete walls inside. The 'no-photos' irritated me.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I had a high expectation for this place, being the first museum built on this island, but when I finally got here, I was very disappointed. This might have been because we had just been the wonderful Chichu art museum but it was more than that. You buy tickets from a table temporarily set up between two glass doors, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

Probably the most integrated experience of museum and landscape architecture with a great art collection that I have ever had. The collection is outstanding, but as others have noted great works by the same artists can be seen in New York and elsewhere. The main event here is the architecture: the way Ando curates the viewer's experience by moving her... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015

Poor signage and limited art for such a large building. Cafe we had lunch at inside only had two meal options - we had spaghetti and a small salad. The Japanese restaurant was booked out. Nice views, nice building that's about it! Entrance is 1,000 yen pp.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

Both the building and the art collection are a very good reason to visit Naoshima. Don't forget to walk around the Benesse House both to the right and left of it as there are many hidden art gems surrounding it! We came there by the free shuttle bus from the Chichu museum. After seeing the yellow pumpkin by Kusama we... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

The Benesse House Museum is another architectural site built by Ando. It is built with large simple concrete walls that he is known for. Sometimes the structure can overpower the art, however. There are some sweet gems here by Cy Twombly, Richard Long, Jessica Stockholder, and Sam Francis. It wont take long but is worth the trip.

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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

An experience....a strangely modern museum in the style of the architecture across the Island-its well worth a visit as part of the Naoshima experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

Tadao's architecture displays these works to their full advantage with only one neon piece placed so that perspective cannot be chosen. (You should know that although I love the Guggenheim I hate it for viewing art). Benesse has a wonderful collection with certain new favourites for me.

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