The Nishinomiya-based glass entrepreneur Tokutaro Yamamura (1926-86) spent 30 years assembling a collection conventionally presented as having three foci. First, as a survey of postwar Japanese art trends. Second, as the abstractions of Gutai Art Association (1954-72) painters. Finally, as one that covers the rise of expressive works driven by color and content in the 1980s, as seen in Tomoko Sugiyama’s installation, “The Start — A Man and Mamorigami” (1984).
As such, the Yamamura Collection, presently on show at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art — comprises 167 works by 68 artists and is considered indispensable to postwar Japanese art history’s sense of identity.
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