Chairman of the Obayashi Corporation, a Japanese construction conglomerate, Takeo Obayashi is known in the art world for commissioning a Tadao Ando–designed space in Tokyo, where he shows his collection of contemporary art. At the Yu-un Guesthouse, visitors can see works by Daniel Buren, Tracey Emin, Mike Kelley, Yayoi Kusama, and Marc Quinn, as well as site-specific installations by artists such as Olafur Eliasson. Obayashi is particularly fond of young Japanese painters. In 2010, he told Artinfo, “There is so much talent, and nobody is really paying much attention to it.”

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Takeo Obayashi


Source of wealth:
Construction contracting, engineering, and design

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

The Yu-un Guesthouse only has windows on the interior—an architectural effect designed to close visitors off from the outside world.