The Octopus Eats Its Own leg, 2017

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Takashi Murakami

Œuvres de Takashi Murakami :

The Octopus Eats Its Own leg (2017)

Chakras open and I Drown Under the Waterfall of Life  (2017)

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Œuvres de Takashi Murakami :

The Octopus Eats Its Own leg (2017)

Chakras open and I Drown Under the Waterfall of Life  (2017)

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

As an extension of the cycle devoted to The 500 Arhats, (‘arhat’ is Sanskrit for a person who has reached the highest level of wisdom in Buddhism) a cycle he devised after the tragic tsunami of 2011, Murakami has continued to appropriate and reinvent some of the founding myths with The Octopus Eats its Own Leg. This 35-metre long fresco features famous figures from traditional Chinese mythology, surrounded by extraordinary flora and fauna.

In keeping with the Taoist quest, which was a founding principle of Chinese philosophy, these eight citizens, who include a beggar, a sorcerer, a soldier, a woman, and an old man, are presumed to have penetrated the secrets of nature in order to attain eternal life. Inspired by 18th century Japanese paintings, the artist has reinterpreted the traditional iconography of this age-old subject and has created a vast, immersive, contemporary painting, with organic forms and a profusion of colours.

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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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