Kaikai Kiki, 2005

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Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Kaikai Kiki, 2005

Huile, acrylique, résines synthétiques, fibre de verre et inox

210 x 105,5 x 66 cm; 212,5 x 102 x 50,5 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co.Ltd - All rights reserved

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Takashi Murakami

Kaikai Kiki, 2005

Huile, acrylique, résines synthétiques, fibre de verre et inox

210 x 105,5 x 66 cm; 212,5 x 102 x 50,5 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co.Ltd - All rights reserved

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Takashi Murakami

Kaikai Kiki, 2005

Huile, acrylique, résines synthétiques, fibre de verre et inox

210 x 105,5 x 66 cm; 212,5 x 102 x 50,5 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co.Ltd - All rights reserved

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Emblematic of the Murakami galaxy, the two spiritual guardians, Kaikai and Kiki, were invented in the early 2000s and appear, as they do here, in sculptures, paintings and animated films.

Smiling and kind, Kaikai, the white one with rabbit’s ears, displays obvious good humour, while her malevolent counterpart, Kiki, has a pink body, small ears, three eyes and a mischievous smile that is accentuated by her vampire fangs. Inscribed on their ears in Japanese characters, their name Kaikai Kiki, which can be translated as «supernatural, weird», refers to a Japanese phrase that appeared in the 16th century to describe the works of the painter Kano Eitoku, creator of the Kano style, whose aesthetics were a blend of weirdness and refinement, the grotesque and the delicate

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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.
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