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Until Feb. 25th, 2024: WHAT MUSEUM’s Exhibition “The lens within your heart” from the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION

WHAT MUSEUM Exhibition View / “The lens within your heart” from the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION / Photo by Keizo KIOKU

(Tokyo, Japan) The Collectors’ Museum of Contemporary Art, WHAT MUSEUM, operated by Warehouse TERRADA, is currently hosting an exhibition titled “The lens within your heart” from the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION until February 25th (Sun), 2024. This exhibition is focusing on the collection of Shin Takeuchi, a well respected figure in the IT industry, featuring 33 contemporary artworks and 33 pieces of furniture designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and others.

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.

WHAT MUSEUM Exhibition View / “The lens within your heart” from the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION / Photo by Keizo KIOKU

The exhibition features 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 21 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.

– 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.

[Overview of the Exhibition]

Title: “The lens within your heart” from the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION

Dates: September 30th (Sat), 2023 – February 25th (Sun), 2024

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), and New Year’s holidays

Admission: Adults 1,500 yen / University or vocational college students 800 yen / Students under high school age Free

* Including the admission for the concurrent exhibition “SENSE OF STRUCTURE: The World of Structural Engineering That Designs the Flow of Forces”

* Advance reservation by online ticketing is available

* Re-entry ticket valid during the exhibition are 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 yen

Organizing and planning: WHAT MUSEUM

Planning cooperation: TAKEUCHI COLLECTION

Exhibition display design: MMA Inc.

Graphic design: Ken Okamoto Design Office Inc.


[Exhibited artists] (in alphabetical order)

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


– 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 21 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 (27 contemporary artworks on display for the first time as part of the collection).

WHAT MUSEUM Exhibition View / “The lens within your heart” from the TAKEUCHI COLLECTION / Photo by Keizo KIOKU

[Audio Guides]

By downloading the official WHAT MUSEUM app, visitors can use the audio guide when visiting the museum. (Free)

[Concurrent Exhibition] 

SENSE OF STRUCTURE: The World of Structural Engineering That Designs the Flow of Forces

Dates: September 30th (Sat), 2023 – February 25th (Sun), 2024

[Video Interviews with Exhibiting Artists]

Interviews with artists whose works were featured in the past exhibitions are available in our WHAT ARTIST INTERVIEW series via the official WHAT MUSEUM YouTube channel. Interviews related to this exhibition will be released sequentially.

WHAT MUSEUM Official YouTube Channel:

[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.


WHAT MUSEUM, collectors‘ museum of contemporary art, opened in Tennoz, Tokyo in December 2020. The Museum’s core work is to make the precious works of art properties that collectors and artists have 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 two- and 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 a museum as a warehouse company in new and unique approaches.

[About Warehouse TERRADA]

Established in 1950 and located in Tennoz, Tokyo, Warehouse TERRADA has since expanded into a wide range of fields, with a primary focus on the storage of artworks, which launched in 1975, as well as artwork restoration, transportation, and exhibitions. In 2014, we began operating a bonded warehouse for artworks. We established a new bonded warehouse in the spring of 2022, which we opened as a permanent bonded gallery venue that allows for viewings, storage and more under bonded conditions. We offer foreign and domestic art collectors opportunities to purchase artworks and give overseas galleries a chance to expand their presence in Japan. We also operate art studios that are available for rent as well as hosting the ART AWARD, supporting younger artists. These initiatives earned us the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in 2018. In recent years, Warehouse TERRADA has opened several facilities that promote art and culture, including the collectors’ museum of contemporary art “WHAT MUSEUM”, art gallery cafe “WHAT CAFE”, art materials lab “PIGMENT TOKYO” and TERRADA ART COMPLEX, one of Japan’s largest gallery complexes. Through these broad-ranging art industry operations, and as a leading company in the Japanese art world, we provide services that will play a role in revitalizing its art market and develop Tennoz, Tokyo, as a hub of art together with other cities around the world.

Company name: Warehouse TERRADA

Representative: President & CEO, Kohei Terada

Address: 2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

Foundation: October 1950



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