Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection at Yokohama Art Museum


Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection 村上隆とスーパーフラット・コレクション 撮影:平尾健太郎


時間:10:00 – 18:00

Yokohama Art Museum kicks off 2016 with a unique concept, an exhibition of an Artists own Art Collection, that Artist being Takashi Murakami.

This exhibition of Murakami’s collection, with its overwhelming quantity and diversity, will provide an insight into the sources of the artist’s aesthetic ideas, the nature of art and desire, and the mechanisms that create value in contemporary society, while also encouraging viewers to question art’s conventional context. Artists to be featured include Anselm Keifer, Yoshitomo Nara, Horst Janssen and Friedrich Kunath.

While energetically pursuing his creativity as an artist, Murakami has also been active as a curator, gallerist, and producer. In recent years, in particular, he has become an avid collector, acquiring a wide variety of artworks in and out of Japan with a perceptive eye and unique aesthetic sensibility. This little known collection, while loosely focused on contemporary art, includes old Japanese and Asian artifacts, European antiques, contemporary pottery, and folk art and crafts. Murakami’s guiding concept of Superflat not only refers to formal aspects he identifies with Japanese art, such as flatness of the picture plane and decorativeness, but also extends to a view of art that rejects hierarchical divisions between different artistic genres or eras and frees artistic activities from definitional boundaries. It is a dynamic, expansive concept that applies to the entirety of the artist’s life and activity as he wrestles with the big question, “What is art?” from various angles.

Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection at Yokohama Art MuseumJanuary 30th (Sat) – April 3rd (Sun), 2016