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Takashi Murakami

Tranquility of the Heart Torment of the Flesh—Open Wide the Eye of the Heart, and Nothing Is Invisible

May 1–June 9, 2007
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Takashi Murakami Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami

Installation view
© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami

Installation view
© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami

Installation view
© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami

Installation view
© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami

Installation view
© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Works Exhibited

Takashi Murakami, That I may time transcend, that a universe my heart may unfold, 2007 Acrylic and silver gold leaf on canvas mounted on board, 3 panels: 95 ½ × 111 inches (242.6 × 281.9 cm)© 2007 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Takashi Murakami, That I may time transcend, that a universe my heart may unfold, 2007

Acrylic and silver gold leaf on canvas mounted on board, 3 panels: 95 ½ × 111 inches (242.6 × 281.9 cm)
© 2007 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

About

“Tell me,” the emperor of China asked Daruma, “What is the first principle of Buddhism?”
“Vast emptiness, nothing holy!” Daruma replied.
“Who are you?” the emperor demanded, thoroughly perplexed.
“I don’t know!” Daruma announced, departing as suddenly as he had arrived.

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Takashi Murakami. This is Murakami’s first exhibition with the gallery.

Beneath its bright and playful appearance, Murakami’s art is at work challenging established dichotomies. In his approach, high art and popular culture, East and West, present and past, humor and gravity, skepticism and belief are all sides of the same coin. Visually, his work merges the dystopic worlds of popular contemporary Japanese anime and manga cartoons with the ultra-refined techniques of traditional Japanese art. Operationally, he combines the work of the factory and production studio with that of the guild, resulting in a staggering body of work ranging from rare masterpieces to inexpensive, mass-produced commodities.

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