Warehouse TERRADA’s WHAT MUSEUM to Hold Obayashi Collection Exhibition “Self-History”

A comprehensive overview of the collection’s history through artworks by around 40 artists

Warehouse TERRADA is pleased to announce the details of the Obayashi Collection Exhibition “Self-History” by the Collectors' Museum of Contemporary Art "WHAT MUSEUM" from September 25th, 2021 (Sat) to February 13th, 2022 (Sun).

WHAT MUSEUM was opened in December 2020 aiming to make artists’ and collectors’ precious art properties that have been entrusted to us accessible to the public. It exhibits works by artists active in the contemporary art scene side-by-side with the thoughts of the collectors as well as the artists, offering a new kind of space for the appreciation of art. At this Obayashi Collection Exhibition, we will be highlighting a collection of masterpieces accumulated over many years by Mr. Takeo Obayashi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee international art festival, “Aichi Triennale 2022” (Aichi Prefecture), and exhibiting the collection along three different themes. By displaying “Tadao Ando : The Act of Drawing,” “Between the City and Me,” and “Self-History,” not only will we aim to demonstrate the changing nature of this collection, we will also attempt a more multi-faceted approach to this assemblage of artistic works.

In “Self-History” of the Obayashi Collection Exhibition, focusing on the contemporary artworks that Mr. Obayashi has collected, artworks by around 40 artists will be displayed, which can be said that it is a compilation of his collection.

– Collector’s Note by Takeo Obayashi *excerpted from a production at exhibition
One of the interesting things about private collections is that their content changes as time passes. This is deeply related to encounters with many people, including artists, and the experience of learning about art through different opportunities. In other words, I see my collection as something dynamic that is constantly changing, rather than something collected according to a single aesthetic or rule. Around 40 works in this exhibition represent the current state of the collection, which numbers around 850 works, while at the same time encompassing its history. This part of the exhibition starts with my father’s collection, which can be called the “prehistory” of the collection, and continues with works of the end of the 1990s and later, when I started collecting regularly, as well as relatively recent additions to the collection. From the art historical viewpoint, the exhibition focuses on artists from the 90s and onwards, but also includes artists from the 60s and 70s who influenced the former. The diversity of the collection is the result of personal encounters and experiences. This exhibition shows the diversity of contemporary art forms and expression, at the same time, it documents the transition of a collector. I hope you will enjoy the exhibition from both perspectives.

[Overview of the Exhibition]

Title    : Obayashi Collection Exhibition “Self-History”
Dates  : September 25th (Sat), 2021 – February 13th (Sun), 2022 (It will be closed during the year-end and New Year holidays.)
Venue: WHAT Museum 2F (Warehouse TERRADA G Building 2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002)
Open Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Admission until 5:00 PM), closed on Mondays (but open when Monday is a public holiday, then closed the following Tuesday)
Admission   : Adults 1,200 yen / University or vocational college students 700 yen / Junior and senior high school students 500 yen / Students under elementary school age Free
* Including the admission for the exhibition “Tadao Ando: The Act of Drawing,” and “Between the City and Me”
* Tickets will be on sale from September 1st (Wed). Please visit the WHAT MUSEUM official website for details.
Organizer                  : WHAT MUSEUM
Planner                      : Takeo Obayashi
Special Cooperation: Takeo Obayashi
Cooperation              : Fumiko Suzuki
Exhibition composition: Art & Public Co., Ltd.

[Exhibited artists (planning)]

Jean Arp, Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, Tracey Emin, Ryan Gander, Yves Klein, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Giorgio Griffa, Tomoo Gokita, Ataru Sato, Donald Judd, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andreas Slominski, John Chamberlain, Thomas Demand, Anne Truitt, Stephan Balkenhol, Simon Patterson, Daniel Buren, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Lucio Fontana, Dan Flavin, Candida Höfer, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Alighiero Boetti, Michaël Borremans, Taiji Matsue, Piero Manzoni, Takashi Murakami, Yasumasa Morimura, Jonathan Monk, Hiromichi Yamagata, Pierre Huyghe, Jiro Yoshihara, Lee Ufan, Thomas Ruff, Ugo Rondinone, Bob Law


[Concurrent exhibit information]
– Obayashi Collection Exhibition “Tadao Ando: The Act of Drawing”
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– Obayashi Collection Exhibition “Between the City and Me”
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[About the Obayashi Collection and Takeo Obayashi]

Born in Tokyo in 1954. President of the Obayashi Foundation. In addition to his role as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the international art festival “Aichi Triennale 2022,” he is also a member of various domestic and international museum councils. He is the author of “Toshi wa Bunka (Art) de Yomigaeru (Art Will Revive the City)” (Shueisha, 2019).


WHAT MUSEUM opened in Tennoz, Tokyo in December 2020. It is a facility to make artists’ and collectors’ precious art properties that have been entrusted to us accessible to the public. We have used our unique insight as a warehousing company to explore the concept of what an art facility should be. The result is to open up the warehouse to offer the public a look at art that they would not ordinarily have the opportunity to see. The museum exhibits works by artists active in the contemporary art scene side-by-side with the thoughts of the collectors as well as the artists, offering an innovative space for the appreciation of art.
The name of WHAT (WAREHOUSE OF ART TERRADA) implies the cultural value which is gleaming quietly in the warehouse, and the museum exhibits paintings, three-dimensional works as well as architectural models, photographs, movies, literature and installations. We plan and exhibit these diversified arts and cultures in our individual style of museum as a warehouse company in new and unique approaches.

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