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Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection ―From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer―


Takashi Murakami and his Superflat Collection, Photo: Kentaro Hirao


Antiques, Contemporary Art and More
Takashi Murakami's Superflat Collection to Be Unveiled

This exhibition is the first large-scale public showing of the renowned contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's private collection centered around contemporary art.

Murakami (b. 1962) received the first PhD in "Nihonga" (Japanese Painting) to be granted by the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts and has since come to be known worldwide for his extremely polished works blending contemporary art and traditional Japanese painting, high culture and pop culture, East and West. He has held a number of solo exhibitions at prestigious museums around the world.

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.

This exhibition of Murakami’s unique 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.


Left: Anselm KIEFER, "Merkaba" 2010  © Anselm Kiefer. Courtesy Gagosian gallery. Photography by Charles Duprat
Middle: Yoshitomo NARA, "Light My Fire" 2001  ©Yoshitomo Nara. Courtesy of the artist.
Right: SOGA, Shōhaku,"Teika, Jakuren, and Saigyō"


Left: Horst JANSSEN, " Selbst mit Totemkopf" 1982 ©VG BILD-Kunst, Bonn & JASPAR, Tokyo 2015 C0732
Right: Frank BENSON, "Juliana" 2015  Courtesy of the artist


Left: KITAŌJI Rosanjin, "Square tray, Oribe type"
Right: Friedrich KUNATH, "Starlite Walker" 2011  © the artist. Photo Ben Westoby, Courtesy White Cube

Related Information

Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats
Dates   :October 31 (Sat), 2015- March 6 (Sun), 2016
Venue        :Mori Art Museum
                    53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
                    +81 (0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)


Advance Pair Tickets2,000
*A pair of tickets for two people.
*On sale from October 2 until November 30 , 2015.
Adults1,500(Advance 1,300/ Group of 20 or more 1,400 per ticket) 
University and 
High school students  
Junior high school students400(300/300)
Children under 12Free
Seniors (65 and older)1,400
*ID required. Only available at ticket counter in the museum.                                

*()=Advance/Group of 20 or more.
*Advance tickets are available at the Museum Shop and through tixee (for smartphones) from December 1,   2015 through January 29, 2016.
*For a group of 20 or more, reservation is required in advance.
*Free admission for high school students and younger with valid IDs on Saturdays.
*Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present       certificate at the entrance.)
*The ticket also gives admission to the Exhibition of the Museum Collection for the same day. 


Dates   January 30 (Sat) - April 3 (Sun), 2016
Open Hours10:00-18:00 (Last admission at 17:30) 
*Open until 20:00 on April 1 and April 2, 2016 (Last admission at 19:30)
ClosedThursdays(except February 11)
Organizers   Yokohama Museum of Art, Nikkei Inc.
Supported by
The City of Yokohama
In Cooperation with    Minatomirai Line, Yokohama Cable Vision Inc.,
Yokohama FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd.

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