Explore Some Of The City's Top Private Art Collections
With artworks and art objects that span centuries, the Nezu Museum (6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato; +81-3-3400-2536), on the site of businessman and philanthropist Kaichiro's Nezu's estate, is impressive, indeed. More than 7,400 pieces are in the collection, which contains Japanese and East Asian antiques, along with Nezu's coveted tea wares, some from as far back as the sixth century. Another tycoon's private estate is home to more modern works. The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (4-7-25, Kita-Shinagawa; +81-3-3445-0651), housed in a refurbished 1938 Bauhaus mansion built for business mogul, Kunizo Hara, was converted into a museum in 1979 by Hara’s grandson, Toshio. The three-story building allows for an intimate exhibition experience, where works by pop art and abstract expressionists, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Jackson Pollack, are on display. Drop in to the light-filled café for tea, where the floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the residence's outdoor sculpture garden.
The working studio and home of prolific, avant-garde artist, Taro Okamoto, "has the same extraordinary energy found in Okamoto's works," according to Ikegai. Okamoto has been called Japan's Picasso, and his art is greatly influenced by the Spanish painter. The Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum (6-1-9 Minami-Aoyama, Minato; +81-3-3406-0801), displays the artist's quirky pieces, along with those of his parents, comic artist and writer, Ippei Okamoto, and poet and novelist, Kanoko Okamoto.