We often analyze art under the dubious assumption that the work itself tells us something about the artist who made it, which isn’t necessarily true. But can we learn anything about an artist not from his own work, but from the art he owns? Selections from Takashi Murakami’s vast personal art collection are now being exhibited at Tokyo’s Yokohama Museum of Art, and one thing we can quickly gather from the works displayed is something we already know about Murakami— that he values the synthesis of high and low cultures, Eastern and Western traditions, old and new. From Japanese classical Edo paintings, to the darkly whimsical contemporary works of Yohsitomo Nara, to Frank Benson’s 3d-printed sculpture of Juliana Huxtable, Murakami’s artistic passions demonstrate his amazing range of interests. Watch a behind-the-scenes video below about the creation of Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection.
Takashi Murakami's Superflat Collection runs at the Yokohama Museum of Art until . For more information, click here.