Past Exhibitions

Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics

Mar 11th, 2017 - May 28th


The Towada Art Center strives to showcase contemporary art in a broader, more inclusive context that interprets both traditional and contemporary handicrafts as important examples of art. Our first exhibition held with a particular focus on a specific craft is Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics.

Renowned artist and a major collector, curator, and gallerist, Takashi Murakami is a man of many faces. In more recent years, Murakami has turned his gaze to ceramics, and to Japanese contemporary ceramics in particular. He is not only a collector of ceramics, but is also the proprietor of Oz Zingaro, a shop specializing in contemporary ceramics, and has been a forerunner in bringing these ceramics onto the international art scene.

His vast collection shown during Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection ―From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer― at the Yokohama Museum of Art in 2016 grabbed the attention of museum-goers for its vast scale, which includes over 400 pieces of contemporary ceramics.

In this exhibition, we plan to show over 300 artworks from 28 artists in Murakami’s collection—a roster that includes ceramic artists such as Ryo Aoki, Masanobu Ando, Shin Murata, and Aso Kojima as well as ceramic works by contemporary artists like Yoshitomo Nara, Naoki Koide, Chiho Aoshima, Otani Workshop, Gabriel Orozco, Rosemarie Trockel, and Klara Kristalova, among others.

From the chanoyu tea ceremony of Rikyuu to the more recent mingei folk art movement of Soetsu Yanagi, and from the ceramics of swanky department store galleries to those of little-known craft fairs, the mind of Murakami is laid bare for the audience in a journey into the history of ceramics that uncovers the value of Japanese ceramics and the current state of aesthetics.

This exhibition marks Murakami’s first time curating a ceramics exhibition at an art museum. It is a reconsideration of the ceramic context and a compelling attempt to grasp the essence of what we consider art.

*Main photo image: Mikiya Takimoto


Takashi Murakami (Curator)
Born in 1962 in Tokyo, Murakami completed his doctoral work at Tokyo University of the Arts’ School of Fine Arts, becoming the first person at the university to earn a Ph.D. in Nihonga. He is the founder and president of Kaikai Kiki, an art production and management company. Murakami is one of today’s most internationally recognized contemporary artists. In 2008, Murakami was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People.” In addition to his solo exhibitions held in museums across the globe, Murakami is also known as a film director and producer of up-and-coming artists.
In 2015, Murakami held Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, his first exhibition in his home country of Japan in 14 years. The following year he took the Japanese art world by storm at Yokohama Museum of Art with Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection ―From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer―, an exhibition that showcased antiques and contemporary artworks from Murakami’s vast personal collection.

Exhibiting Artists
Masanobu Ando, Ryo Aoki, Chiho Aoshima, Tomoko Arakawa, Kazunori Hamana, Tetsuya Ishiyama, Hideto Kamiizumi, Naoki Koide, Aso Kojima, Klara Kristalova, Yukiharu Kumagai, Takuro Kuwata, Shoji Matsushita, Shigeyoshi Morioka, Yuji Muraki, Shin Murata, Yoshitomo Nara, Akio Nukaga, Atsushi Ogata, Teppei Ono, Gabriel Orozco, Otani Workshop, Shiro Shimizu, Rosemarie Trockel, Keiji Tsuruno, Yuji Ueda, Takayuki Watanabe, and Andro Wekua

28 artists listed in alphabetical order by family name
*Exhibiting artists may be subject to change.



Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics


Mar 11th, 2017 - May 28th


Towada Art Center


9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)


Mondays (except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday)
*Open Monday, April 24, and Monday, May 1


Exhibition + Permanent Collection: 1,000 yen
Exhibition only: 600 yen
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more
High school students and younger: Free

Organized by

Towada Art Center

In Cooperation with

Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

Installation Aesthetics

Toshihiro Isomi / Transformer Inc.

With the Support of

To-o Nippo Press, The Daily-Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Aomori Broadcasting Cooperation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., & Towada City Board of Education


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