Special ExhibitionGuess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure Selected Works from Yageo Foundation Collection

The contemporary art collection of the Yageo Foundation, based in Taiwan, has two main focuses: Western (European and North American) and East Asian contemporary art. The works are selected by Pierre Chen, the head of the foundation, based on the concepts of “living with art” and “art is accessible.” Today, many of the Foundation’s artworks are displayed in Chen’s own home and offices, reflecting his philosophy of art as an inseparable part of everyday life.

The exhibition, composed of ten sections, features 75 outstanding works from the Yageo Foundation Collection by 39 contemporary artists. The works represent an unparalleled cross-section of contemporary art’s “hardcore,” and are truly deserving of the title “world treasures.”

These days, prices for contemporary art frequently make headlines, and in this sense works of contemporary art are quite literally world treasures. At this show, however, viewers have an opportunity to encounter them in person, and gain a renewed sense of the incalculable value of contemporary art from a psychological, emotional, and art-historical standpoint.

  • The Yageo Foundation

The Foundation was established by Pierre Chen, CEO of the Yageo Corporation, a leading electronic component manufacturer based in Taiwan. Mr. Chen is so dedicated to art that he began buying works while still a student, with money he earned from programming and part-time jobs. As a result of this enthusiasm, he has built up the Yageo Foundation Collection in the space of a single generation. Today it is recognized as one of the world’s top collections of contemporary art.


Date December 20, 2014-March 8, 2015
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except January 12), December 27-January 1 and 13,

Adults 1,030 (820) yen, university students 720 (620) yen, high school students, senior[65 years old and over] 510 (410) yen
*Figures in parentheses: Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more
*Junior high school students and younger: Free admission

Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chugoku Shimbun, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and YAGEO Foundation, Taiwan
Supported by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd., Onomichi FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd.
Cooperated with  All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., and Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd.

Guo Bochuan, The Forbidden City, 1946, © Kuo Weimei

Sanyu, Nude, 1929

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 1996, © Maurizio Cattelan

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tyrrhenian Sea, Conca, 1994, © Hiroshi Sugimoto/ Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Marlene Dumas, Young Boys, 1993, © Marlene Dumas/ Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi