Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2011

Photo courtesy of Sanae Takahata

Each year, the Watari family showcases its impressive collection of late 20th-century art in a special exhibition. The 11th edition of “I Love Art” is based around the theme “Heartbeat,” inspired by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 1991 album of the same name, which also provides the show’s soundtrack. Among the Watari-Um’s landmark works are pieces by Andy Warhol, Max Bill, Rene Magritte and Sol LeWitt. The exhibition also presents early installations by pioneering video artist Nam June Paik, who gave the museum around 100 works in exchange for its financial support.

The Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art
Until Apr 17, ¥800 (student)/¥1,000 (adult). 3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3402-3001. Open Tue-Sun 11am-7pm (Wed until 9pm), closed Mon. Nearest stn: Gaienmae, exit 2. www.watarium.co.jp