©Murakami – Retrospective

 

by Matt Sung/April 04, 2008

 
The Brooklyn Museum hosts a retrospective exhibition for the renowned Japanese Pop Artist from April 5 through July 13, 2008.

After being organized and exhibited at the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Los Angeles, ©Murakami opens at the Brooklyn Museum on April 5, 2008. The expansive retrospective on Japanese Pop Artist, Takashi Murakami will run through July 13, 2008. The exhibit shows a broad range of mediums utilized by Murakami and his Kaikai Kiki team in the time span between 1991 and 2008. Chief Curator from the MOCA, Paul Schimmel, aided in transforming two floors of the Brooklyn Museum into a vibrant, colorful world for Murakami’s characters to feel at home.


In the press conference, Murakami spoke of the great efforts of his team to prepare for the MOCA show as well as the exhibition in Brooklyn. Paul Schimmel speaks to the “©” aspect and identity of the artist and the works.

Schimmel states, “It is the co-mingling of different cultures that is so central to his practices that copyright and the notion of the ownership of identity seem to be more important than any single object.”

louis vuitton store in the brooklyn museum

One controversial (and highlighted) aspect of the show is the addition of a fully operational Louis Vuitton store within the natural flow of the exhibit. Murakami teamed up with Louis Vuitton under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs to create a monogram + camouflage donned special limited edition series.

“Our collaboration has produced a lot of works and has been a huge influence and inspiration to many. It has been and continues to be a monumental marriage of art & commerce. The ultimate cross-over, one for both the fashion and art history books,” comments Marc Jacobs.

Though the exhibit has a wealth of visual information, the exhibition catalog fills in the blanks. The book, ©Murakami, organized by Paul Schimmel, serves as a contemporary overview of Japanese pop culture and Takashi Murakami’s process and inspiration.



Flower Mantango, 2001 – 2006


I open wide my eyes but see no scenery. I fix my gaze upon my heart, 2007


and-then-red-and-727
And Then And Then And Then And Then (Red), 1996 (left), 727, 1996 (right)



DoB Strange Forest, 1999


When the show leaves New York, it will then travel to the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2009, ©Murakami will be at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain.

 
 

the World of Sphere
Takashi Murakami. The World of Sphere, 2003. Acrylic on canvas. 137 13/16 x 137 13/16 inches. Private collection. New York. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. ©2003 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Murakami tongari-kun
Takashi Murakami. Tongari-kun, 2003-2004. Oil, acrylic, synthetic resins, fiberglass, and iron. 23 x 11 1/2 feet. Collection of Richard B. Sachs, New York. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. ©2003-2004 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Murakami ZuZaZaZaZaZ
Takashi Murakami. ZuZaZaZaZaZa, 1994. Acrylic, silkscreen on canvas mounted on board. 59 1/16 x 66 15/16 inches. Takahashi Collection. Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo. ©1994 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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Images (right) courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum
Photos and Video (left) are © design:related™ 2008

 

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Nate Williams said on August 03, 2008 - 06:01 AM

wow!!!!!!!!! I love this stuff .. I saw some of his work years ago in seattle .. it just gets better

 
 

cam thomas said on April 15, 2008 - 06:22 PM

i saw this show in los angeles... and it was quite amazing.

 
 

maria rogal said on April 10, 2008 - 11:02 AM

this is overwhelming. another reason to visit new york.

 
 

Matt Sung said on April 05, 2008 - 04:47 AM

Here's a KaiKai & KiKi Animation (00:48). Be sure to check out the logo animation at the end.

 
 

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