Artwork No. sd34-B
Fukutake House - Asia Gallery "The Sceneries and Portraits of the Eras"
The Sceneries and Portraits of the Eras
— Featuring the Asia Collection of Benesse Art Site Naoshima
Following the Visible Soul exhibition in 2019, the Fukutake House Asia Gallery will be replacing some of the works on display under the new title of The Sceneries and Portraits of the Eras.
Benesse Art Site Naoshima has had great interest in Asian art since its early days, including inviding the China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who was the winner of the 1st Benesse Prize in 1995, to complete his work Cultural Melting Bath: Project for Naoshima(1998). In particular, we have shifted the stage for the Benesse Prize from the Venice Biennale where it was held for 20 years until 2016 to the Singapore Biennale, and engaged in extensive interactions with Asian artists and the collection of their works which directly address issues that also confront Japan including rural depopulation as well as rapid modernization and urbanization. We have been committed to raising a shared awareness of these issues from a broader perspective through these initiatives.
This exhibition features photographs by Amanda Heng, the winner of the 12th Benesse Prize, as well as a selection of the key works of Japanese artists who have rarely been showcased hitherto from the collection of Benesse Art Site Naoshima. These works invites viewers to consider the currents of the different eras and their transformations, including those that reflect the unique milieu of particular social eras such as "the 1970s", "the bubble economy", "the scrap & build urbanization culture", etc., as well as more personal experiences of these times, works that allude to intergenerational differences, and those that attempt to express a traditional and universal spirit through the latest technologies and materials. In addition, the exhibition focuses on probing the relationship between the individual and the society as well as their aesthetic possibilities through foregrounding the singular existence of the individual amidst larger currents of the times via unique representations of the artist's own body.
We hope that by looking at the featured works through the lenses of the keywords The Sceneries and Portraits of the Eras, visitors can have an opportunity to reconsider the modern society we live in, the natural environment, human lives, as well as the guiding philosophy of Benesse Art Site Naoshima of "Well-Being".
Organized by: Fukutake Foundation
Cooperation from: Benesse Holdings, Inc., Shodoshima town, Fukuda Residents’ Association
Curated by: Akiko Miki
Artists( Alphabetical order )
Amanda Heng, Chim↑Pom, Ishu Han, Hilmy P. Soepadmo, indieguerillas, Kanchana Gupta, Aki Kondo, Mariko Mori, Yasumasa Morimura, Pannaphan Yodmanee, Zulkifle Mahmod