Tatsumi Sato’s passion for collecting—a passion that was ignited by what he once described as his “desire to have beautiful things around”—began more than four decades ago. He was drawn to his first acquisition, a small Imari ware firefly cage, because of its subtle craftsmanship. Since then, Sato’s collection has grown to include works that range from the antique to the contemporary, both Japanese and foreign. His Daiwa Press Viewing Room, which was originally created as a place to store his collection, has hosted shows, and, through the Daiwa Press Company, he has published an array of art books.

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Tatsumi Sato

Hiroshima, Japan

Source of wealth:
Manufacturing (radiators)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art; primitive art; antique textiles

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Fun fact:

Sato has ranked an On Kawara “Date Painting” among the favorites in his collection.