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Takashi Murakami

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq

Takashi Murakami

Born in 1962, Tokyo (Japan)

Lives and works in Tokyo (Japan)

A leading figure in the Japanese art world, Takashi Murakami has become internationally known for his unique, uncategorisable work. He has invented a new language, characterised for more than three decades by a bold mixture of genres, influences, eras and materials.

After studying traditional painting at Tokyo University of the Arts, Murakami looked for a new form of personal expression in reaction to the context of the time, which he felt was lacking a national contemporary scene and was dominated by American culture.
Driven by an unbridled imagination, Murakami creates strange and singular, dark and wonderful worlds populated by fantastical figures, fairy-tale animals, fabulous creatures, malicious monsters and abundant flora.
Drawing on the political, cultural, religious and social history of Japan, Murakami borrows from the Kawaii aesthetic, anime and manga, as well as the old masters of painting and Buddhist iconography. From the atomic bomb to the tsunami and earthquakes, references to the more or less recent traumatisms that have affected his country are omnipresent in his work.
Composed of a variety of forms and materials (painting, sculpture, installation, animated film, alongside pieces created by his company Kaikai Kiki), his prolific output is marked by a singular style that masterfully combines traditional pictorial techniques with the very latest technologies.

Selected Bibliography

Darling, Michael ; Museum of contemporary art (Chicago, Ill.). Takashi Murakami : the octopus its own leg [exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, June 6 - September 24, 2017; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, January 27 - April 29, 2018 ; Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, June 17 - September 2, 2018]. New York : Skira Rizzoli, 2017.

Akiko, Miki, Murakami, Takashi, Sokyu, Genyu...[et al]. Takashi Murakami : the 500 arhats [exposition, Tokyo, MoriArt Museum, October 31, 2015 - March 6, 2016]. Tokyo : Mori Art Museum : Heibonsha, 2016.

Yokohama museum of art. Takashi Murakami's superflat collection [exhibition, Yokohama Bijutsukan, Yokohama, January 30-April 3, 2016]. New York : Kaikai Kiki Corporation, 2016.

Mika, Obrist, Hans Ulrich. Takashi Murakami : Flowers & Skulls [Hong Kong, Gagosian Gallery, 29 november 2012 - 9 february 2013]. Hong Kong : Gagosian Gallery, 2013.

Murakami, Takashi, Yoshitake, Giono, Massimiliano ; Carrion-Murayari, Gary. Murakami : ego [catalogue published in conjunction with "Murakami - Ego", an exhibition organized by the Qatar Museums Authority at Al Riwaq in Doha, February 9 to June 24 2009]. New York : Skira Rizzoli, 2012.

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