In 2007, the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection opened its doors in the lush nature of the Yatsugatake Mountains, where the ancient Jomon culture once flourished.
The founder Dr. Kazuo Nakamura has been collecting the artworks of Keith Haring since 1987, and has since expanded his collection, acquiring over 300 works, standing as the only museum in the world to principally exhibit the artworks of Keith Haring. The galleries are designed based upon the concepts of both “light and darkness” and “chaos and hope”, reflecting the turbulent state of the time Haring lived and his philosophy. The dramatically curved roof and the lightning-inspired exterior façade evoke the strength and power found within the forces of nature, creating a dialogue with Haring’s works, which emphasize the importance and preciousness of life.
In the spring of 2015, the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection expanded and reopened to redefine the unlimited scope of the museum. The expansion will function as a venue for new generations of artists, both domestic and international, that carry the legacy of Haring’s art.
These dynamic components are designed by Japan’s leading architect, Atsushi Kitagawara. The architecture of the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection has won many prizes and awards, including the Togo Murano Prize and The Japan Institute of Architects award.
All Keith Haring Artwork ©Keith Haring Foundation
Courtesy of Nakamura Keith Haring Collection.