shaken not stirred

naoshima 007 museum japan interior @ journeylism.nlIan Flemming, Bond song composers and 007-directors, they all manage the art of recognition. It is the art of adding some sort of common feature to books, music and movies that tells you: ‘Ah! Bond, James Bond!’ It only takes three pages, keys, images or, on the island of Naoshima, three steps….

….into a place that perfectly fits into the category of world wide weird museums. A category featuring the Pez Museum near San Francisco, the Hash Museum in Amsterdam, a 80 square foot former freight elevator in New York turned into the Museum or the centuries old  Kunstkamera in Saint Petersburg featuring deformed humans, mammals and other critters in preserving jars of all sizes.

But back to amazing Naoshima, an island transformed into one huge art exhibition. An island playing a role in The Man with the Red Tattoo, the 2002 novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming’s James Bond. An island where you’ll find several buildings designed by Japan’s star architect Tadao Ando. Buildings that, like those 3 pages, keys or movie scenes, are undoubtedly shaken, not stirred.

It is only a matter of time before ‘Red Tattoo’ is transformed into a blockbuster. Until that day the 007 Museum turns the spotlight on the link between Naoshima and the British secret service by displaying Bond memorabilia in a pop-art fashion. It makes you wonder: ‘Is the 007 museum serious or is it another Naoshima art project?’

007 Museum
2310 Miyanoura
Naoshima, 761-3110
Hours: daily 9 AM – 5 PM
Entrance: free


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