Takashi Murakami seamlessly blends commercial imagery, anime, manga, and traditional Japanese styles and subjects, revealing the themes and questions that connect past and present, East and West, technology and fantasy. His paintings, sculptures, and films are populated by repeated motifs and evolving characters of his own creation. Together with dystopian themes and contemporary references, he revitalizes narratives of transcendence in continuation of the nonconformist legacy of a group of eighteenth-century Japanese artists known as the Edo eccentrics.
The Artist Spotlight series highlights the work of individual artists for one week each month. Launched in spring 2020 as a weekly platform, the series is now in its second season and is presented as a regular part of the gallery’s programming. Each Artist Spotlight features new online content, and artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.
Artist Spotlight: Takashi Murakami features a new painting by the artist. For more information, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Claire Dorn
Murakami on Ceramics
Takashi Murakami writes about his commitment to the work of Japanese ceramic artists associated with the seikatsu kōgei, or lifestyle crafts, movement.
Takashi Murakami and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews the artist on the occasion of his 2012 exhibition Takashi Murakami: Flowers & Skulls at Gagosian, Hong Kong.
Nobuo Tsuji vs. Takashi Murakami
From 2009 to 2011 the eminent art historian Nobuo Tsuji and Takashi Murakami engaged in a reimagined e-awase (painting contest). In this twenty-one-round contest, newly published in Battle Royale! Japanese Art History, Tsuji selects historical works and Murakami responds creatively. Round 6 centers on the Edo Eccentric painter Soga Shōhaku and his monumental Dragon and Clouds (1763).
Takashi Murakami at LACMA
In a conversation recorded at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Takashi Murakami describes the process behind three major large-scale paintings, including Qinghua (2019), inspired by the motifs painted on a Chinese Yuan Dynasty porcelain vase.
Join us for an exclusive look at the installation and opening reception of Murakami & Abloh: “AMERICA TOO”.
Future History: Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh
Following their artistic collaboration in London, Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, the recently appointed Louis Vuitton menswear designer, spoke with Derek Blasberg about how they met, their admiration for each other, and the power of collaboration to educate and impassion new audiences.
Takashi Murakami × Absolut Art
Limited-Edition Print for the Kitchen
Takashi Murakami has partnered with Absolut Art in creating a limited-edition print—the second of three exclusive collaborations—to benefit the Kitchen, New York, on the occasion of the nonprofit space’s fiftieth anniversary. All proceeds will go toward a planned renovation, ensuring that it will remain a platform for artistic experimentation in its historic and beloved building. The signed print, Thank You for the Wonderful Destiny (2020), features Murakami’s signature smiling flowers and will be available exclusively through Absolut Art starting July 15. To register for the lottery to receive a link to purchase the work, visit www.absolutart.com.
Takashi Murakami signing his print Thank You for the Wonderful Destiny (2020) in his studio, Saitama, Japan. Artwork © 2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
Haha Bangla Manus
November 26, 2020–May 2021
Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
Takashi Murakami’s 10-meter-tall sculpture Haha Bangla Manus (2020) has been installed at 66 Plaza in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Cast in bronze and covered in gold leaf, the monumentally scaled sculpture—one of Murakami’s largest artworks to date—is decorated on all sides with the artist’s familiar flower motif, projecting diverse expressions of hope for the future. The project is a collaboration between the artist and Roppongi Hills; additional collaborations will be presented at various Roppongi Hills locations beginning in January 2021.
Takashi Murakami, Haha Bangla Manus, 2020, The Bloodstone Public Collection, installation view, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo © 2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Photo: RK
In collaboration with RxART, Takashi Murakami has transformed the CT/PET Scan Suite at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, by wrapping the walls and CT/PET scanner itself with a vibrant landscape featuring his signature smiling flowers. The installation has turned the once intimidating room—in which over 2,500 scans are performed each year—into an uplifting space, in an effort to alleviate the anxiety that many pediatric patients feel when they receive scans.
Takashi Murakami’s transformation of the CT/PET Scan Suite at the Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC. Artwork © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. Photo: Kenson Noel
Takashi Murakami in
Stars: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World
July 31, 2020–January 3, 2021
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Presenting six artists whose careers propelled them beyond the confines of Japan, earning them acclaim around the world, this exhibition traces their journeys, from their earliest to latest works, and explores how each artist’s practice has been evaluated within the global context. Work by Takashi Murakami is included.
Takashi Murakami, Miss Ko², 1996–2011 © 2011 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
October 27, 2019–July 5, 2020
NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Happy! presents contemporary works produced by artists who aim to engage the viewer emotionally. In their works, as in life, sorrow and happiness are intertwined. The exhibition follows a multigenerational trajectory from the mid-twentieth century to today. Work by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and Andy Warhol is included.
Takashi Murakami, Open Your Hands Wide, Embrace Happiness!, 2010 © 2010 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
Murakami por Murakami
December 4, 2019–March 15, 2020
Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo
This exhibition, which is a regrouping of Murakami by Murakami, previously on view at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, focuses on Takashi Murakami’s renowned artworks, but also presents aspects of his activities as a collector, gallerist, businessperson, and activist. In the past twenty years, the artist has been extremely visible on the international art scene, but he has also taken an active role within the Japanese art world, redefining the position of the artist in society.
Takashi Murakami, Tan Tan Bo, 2001 © 2001 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
Takashi Murakami in
November 2, 2019–March 8, 2020
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
This exhibition features large-scale installations and classic Japanese cinema and animation alongside miniature carvings, humorous paintings, and the vibrant ukiyo-e woodblock prints that define the tradition of the supernatural in Japanese art. Centered on a monumental installation of painting and sculpture by Takashi Murakami, the show also explores Japanese artists of the past, including Katsushika Hokusai, as well as contemporary artists.
Installation view, Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, November 2, 2019–March 8, 2020. Artwork © 2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved