Tatsumi Sato’s passion for collecting—a passion that was ignited by his “desire to have beautiful things around”—began over 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 Diawa Press Viewing Room, which was originally created as a place to store his collection, has hosted 13 shows, and, through the Diawa Press Company, he has published over 40 art books.

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Tatsumi Sato

Hiroshima, Japan

Source of wealth:
Manufacturing (radiators)

Collecting area:
antique textiles; Contemporary art; Primitive art

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Fun fact:

Sato’s favorite piece of art from his collection is an On Kawara “Date Painting.”