Travel through Art Islands
Understand how art, nature & community come together
Our Japan Art Tour will be back again in this July during the summer session of the Setouchi Triennale, you will be visiting the top-ranked museums and cultural sites on some of the major Seto Islands, including those breath-taking architectures by Tadao Ando, and you may have a close encounter with our artist-alumni who will be taking part in the Triennale!
Being one of the most significant international art festivals in Japan, the Setouchi Triennale is a must-attend event for every art enthusiast and nature lover. With installations and site-specific works scattering all over the Setouchi Islands together with special art projects, the Triennale demonstrates the perfect harmony among art, nature and community in the region.
This year, Artist-Lecturers and Artist-Alumni of Hong Kong Art School again take part in the Fukutake House project on the Shodoshima小豆島 and have their artworks exclusively exhibited there. Come and have a direct exploration of art with our artists and friends there!
Benesse Art Site
Jointly developed by the architect master, Tadao Ando and a group of artists, Benesse Art Site Naoshima is one of the worth-visiting cultural attractions in the Seto Inland Sea. The site showcases the works of contemporary artists including James Turrell, Richeal Long, Walter De Maria, Yayoi Kusama and Cai Guo Qiang, demonstrating the harmonious relationship between art and natural environment.
Chichu Art Museum
Widely considered to be one of the world’s best museums for contemporary art, Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando (安藤忠雄), is itself a work of art. The museum houses the “Water Lilies” series by Claude Monet, also a few works by James Turrell and Walter De Maria. It is located underground and mainly utilizes natural light for illumination, creating a unique viewing experience for audience.
Lee Ufan Museum
Opened in 2010, the Lee Ufan Museum is another museum designed by Tadao Ando (安藤忠雄) that adds flavor to the tourism of Naoshima. It features works by the Korean contemporary artist Lee Ufan (李禹煥), including large installations and a number of paintings from earlier in his career.
Space: Pole Place
Relatum - Point, Line, Plane, 2010
by Lee Ufan
Teshima Art Museum
Being a new attraction on Teshima island, Teshima Art Museum is a collaboration project by the tokyo-based architect, Ryue Nishizawa (西沢立衛) and the Japanese artist Rei Naito(内藤礼). The museum is more than a building to showcase art installations — it aims to create an immersive environment where the building and the art become inseparable, requires the full attention of all the senses to fully appreciate.
Les Archives du Coeur
One of the inspiring projects by the French artist, Christian Boltanski, whose primary purpose in art has been to remind us of our own mortality. It houses the recordings of human heartbeats around the world since 2008. Visitors can have their own heartbeats recorded there, or listen to those from others.
Built on a hilly landscape, the Water Temple is another masterpiece by Tadao Ando, providing one of those sensorial experiences to visitors. The lily pond, staircase and temple rooms built beneath the pond create a spiritual atmosphere and give new definition to the Japanese temple architecture.
Dream Stage is a resort complex with church, galleries, observation terrace, botanic gardens, hotel and convention center. The open spaces with complex geometric shapes, rounded concrete walls, huge glass windows, waterfalls and ponds create a very special spatial experience. Strolling within and around the building, visitors will experience the sense of peace and tranquility.
Inspired by the work of the Chinese poet Tao Yuanming, the architect master, Dr. I.M. Pei, applied the Chinese concept of “Utopia” on the construction of the museum, demonstrating the harmonious assimilation between architecture, art, environment and nature, creating an innovative style for the museum.
Kominka is a type of Japanese traditional folk houses, that some of these existing “houses” may have more than 300 years of history. Paying visit to the Kominka may lead you back to the 17th -18th century of Japan with a general understanding of this typical architecture and the life of the Japanese at that time.
For Application and related details, please refer to our Application Form (HKAS041).
(Enrolment is on first-come-first-served basis.)
Tour Code︰ 162P-AA000592-1AP
Tour Period︰ 23-28/7/2016 (Sat - Thu)
Tour Fee： HKD28,500 (per person)
Tour fee includes flights, accommodations, daily breakfasts, most of the lunches and dinners, museums’ entrance fees, highway charges and coach fees.
Airport tax, cost for travel insurance and service charges for tour guide and coach (altogether in an amount of HKD1,200) are not included. Passenger fuel surcharge will not be collected in accordance with the recent announcement of the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong that related surcharge for flights originating from Hong Kong will be suspended with effect from 1 Feb 2016 onwards until further notice. Participants will take care of their own personal expenditures incurred during the trip.
Application Deadline: May 13, 2016 (Fri)