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
December 9–15, 2020
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.
Photo: Claire Dorn
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
In his New York City studio, Takashi Murakami discusses his three-decade-long practice, in which he blends traditional and modern art techniques to create enormous paintings with a visual power unmatched in contemporary art. This video was produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in conjunction with Murakami’s major retrospective The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, presented by the museum in 2017.
Still from “Takashi Murakami.” Artwork © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd. All rights reserved
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