“The lens within your heart” from the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION

30 Sep, 2023—25 Feb, 2024

The TAKEUCHI COLLECTION is a private collection of contemporary art and furniture collected over the past five years by Shin Takeuchi, Director and CTO, Visional, Inc., an IT specialist at the forefront of the industry. The collection consists of a wide range of artworks by artists emblematic of their eras, such as Yves Klein and Gerhard Richter, as well as those of eminent contemporary artists, including Wilhelm Sasnal, Jadé Fadojutimi, Izumi Kato, and Enrico Isamu Oyama.

The exhibition features nearly 33 artworks, ranging from a work by Pablo Picasso, which inspired Takeuchi to start art collecting, to works by Yves Klein and Gerhard Richter, the artists emblematic of their respective eras, as well as abstract paintings that have captivated the collector in recent years. The exhibition also features furniture designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, one of the masters of modern architecture. There will also be a space provided exclusively for visitors to lounge on Charlotte Perriand’s chairs to appreciate the artworks, just as Takeuchi does regularly to enjoy the harmony of furniture and art. An installation consisting of approximately 20 chairs designed by Pierre Jeanneret invites visitors to appreciate the features of each chair
from different angles.

This exhibition offers an opportunity to discover new charms of the works and the delight of collecting art, through a glimpse into the present state of the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION, which continues to grow and transform.
Some related events will also be held during the exhibition, the details of which will be announced soon.

– Collector’s Note (excerpt) by Shin Takeuchi
Whenever I look at abstract art, I always contemplate why artists create such works as a result of viewing the world through the lens of their heart, although we all live in the same world and experience similar things
through sight and hearing. I cannot help but wonder what their lens, shaped through their life, may look like.
However, the lenses in my imagination can only be guesses based on my experiences, which might also be incorrect. If you are here today with someone to see this exhibition, I invite you to look at the artworks together
and discuss what the lenses in the artists’ hearts may look like. In a way, this activity is like disclosing the lens in your own heart, which I believe will bring you even closer to each other.

– Showcasing works by domestic and international artists emblematic of their eras, including Yves Klein and Gerhard Richter.
– Benches and chairs designed by Charlotte Perriand provided for first-hand experience of the design and materials used in their construction.
– A dynamic installation space using approximately 20 chairs that Pierre Jeanneret designed for the Chandigarh
urban planning project in India, where visitors can appreciate the features of each piece from different angles.
– Exhibition space dedicated to recent additions of abstract paintings to the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION as well as
new works by the featured artists (approximately 27 contemporary artworks on display for the first time as part
of the collection).

[About TAKEUCHI COLLECTION / Shin Takeuchi]
After graduating from the Department of Computer Science of the University of Electro-Communications in 2001,
Takeuchi joined FUJISOFT Incorporated, where he was engaged in system development mainly for government offices and major telecom companies. In 2007, he worked on the development of a company-wide common infrastructure framework at Recruit Co., Ltd. and, at the same time, started OSS activities within the Seasar
Project. In 2008, he founded Lei Hau’oli Co., Ltd. He joined BizReach, Inc. from the pre-founding days and assumed the position of Director and CTO. He assumed his current position in February 2020. Outside the
company, he serves as Director of the Japan CTO Association.

[Audio Guides]
By downloading the official WHAT MUSEUM app, visitors can use the audio guide when visiting the museum.
The Japanese audio guide navigator for this exhibition is Christel Takigawa, a freelance announcer. She will offer accessible explanations of the artworks on display and highlights of the exhibition to help visitors better appreciate the exhibition.

– Comments by Christel Takigawa
This is truly a special opportunity to see the works of a collector that is not usually on public display. I am thrilled not only to be reunited with the International Klein Blue (IKB) by Yves Klein, but also the furniture by Le Corbusier’s co-architects exhibited with it. Though this is my first experience as a navigator for the audio guide, I will devote myself to navigating the visitors with the utmost sincerity.

September 30th, 2023-February 25th, 2024
(2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002)
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), and New
Year's holidays
University or vocational college students
Students under high school age

* Including the admission for the concurrent exhibition
* Advance reservation by online ticketing is available
* Re-entry ticket valid during the exhibition will be on sale
Exhibition Passport 2,500 yen (This exhibition and its concurrent exhibition are available)
* WHAT MUSEUM’s ARCHI-DEPOT stores more than 600 architectural models, which architects and
architectural firms entrust to us, and exhibits a part of them for visitors
Price: Admission for ARCHI-DEPOT 700 yen / Admission including both the exhibition and ARCHI-DEPOT 2,000

[Exhibited artists (planning)] (in alphabetical order)
Artist Profile here

Francis Alÿs, Le Corbusier, Tracey Emin, Jadé Fadojutimi, Alberto Giacometti, Kazunori Hamana, Secundino
Hernández, Pierre Jeanneret, Donald Judd, Kumi Kaguraoka, Goro Kakei, Izumi Kato, Yves Klein, Masato
Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Konishi, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Lee Kit, Kimiyo Mishima, Sadamasa Motonaga, Oscar Murillo,
Oscar Niemeyer, Kenjiro Okazaki, Saya Okubo, Enrico Isamu Oyama, Charlotte Perriand, Pablo Picasso, Jean
Prouvé, Gerhard Richter, Sterling Ruby, Makoto Saito, Wilhelm Sasnal, Chikuunsai Tanabe II, Yuji Ueda, Xu Ning,
and Meguru Yamaguchi

Organizing and planning: WHAT MUSEUM
Planning cooperation: TAKEUCHI COLLECTION
Exhibition display design: MMA Inc.
Graphic design: Ken Okamoto Design Office Inc.