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Takashi Murakami, Klein’s Pot A, 1994–97 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Photo: Yoshitaka Uchida

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Takashi Murakami
The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

June 10–September 16, 2018
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
www.themodern.org

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present a major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings. This exhibition originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and traveled from the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Takashi Murakami, Klein’s Pot A, 1994–97 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Photo: Yoshitaka Uchida

Takashi Murakami, a.k.a Gero Tan: Noah’s Ark, 2016 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved

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In Tune with the World

April 11–August 27, 2018
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

In Tune with the World aims to reflect on today’s questions about one’s place in the universe and the bonds that tie humans to their surrounding environment. The exhibition highlights the interconnections between humans, animals, plants, and even inanimate objects. Work by Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, and Takashi Murakami is included.

Takashi Murakami, a.k.a Gero Tan: Noah’s Ark, 2016 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved

Robert Therrien, No title (table leg), 2010 © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Peter Cox

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No Place Like Home

March 1–June 3, 2018
Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
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In celebration of Dada’s one hundredth anniversary in 2016 and the centennial of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain in 2017, this exhibition examines how artists have incorporated commonplace household items into their work, removing these objects from the context of the home in ways that subvert the experiences of daily life. This exhibit has traveled from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Work by Duchamp, Duane Hanson, Damien Hirst, Man Ray, Takashi Murakami, Nam June Paik, Robert Therrien, and Andy Warhol is included.

Robert Therrien, No title (table leg), 2010 © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Peter Cox

Takashi Murakami, Kansei Gold, 2008 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com, courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

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Takashi Murakami
The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

February 3–May 6, 2018
Vancouver Art Gallery
www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents a major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings. This exhibition has traveled from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Takashi Murakami, Kansei Gold, 2008 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com, courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

Takashi Murakami, Dragon in Clouds—Red Mutation: The version I painted myself in annoyance after Professor Nobuo Tsuji told me, “Why don’t you paint something yourself once,” 2010 (detail) © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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Takashi Murakami
Lineage of Eccentrics

October 18, 2017–April 1, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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This exhibition, a collaboration with Japanese art history professor Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, juxtaposes contemporary works by Takashi Murakami and Japanese art from the MFA’s collection.

Takashi Murakami, Dragon in Clouds—Red Mutation: The version I painted myself in annoyance after Professor Nobuo Tsuji told me, “Why don’t you paint something yourself once,” 2010 (detail) © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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We Are Here

August 19, 2017–April 1, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
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In honor of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s fiftieth anniversary, the museum presents We Are Here, a three-part exhibition drawn from its collection. I Am You gathers works that question how we relate to and shape our environments; You Are Here examines how the role of the viewer has changed over time; and We Are Everywhere showcases artists who borrow from popular culture. Work by Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, Chris Burden, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Michael Heizer, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.
Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Takashi Murakami, Memories of a Passionate Life, 2015 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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Takashi Murakami
Under the Radiation Falls

September 29, 2017–February 4, 2018
Garage Museum, Moscow
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This exhibition spans several periods of the artist’s career, from the 1990s until now. It consists of five sections that each explore a particular phenomenon in Japanese culture that has been formally or semantically examined by Murakami. Presenting paintings, drawings, and films from private and public collections, the exhibition also features eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese engravings and paintings from Russian museums. This is the first major survey of the artist’s oeuvre in Russia.

Takashi Murakami, Memories of a Passionate Life, 2015 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Installation view, Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, November 4, 2017–January 28, 2018 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Tom Loonan and Brenda Bieger, courtesy Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

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Takashi Murakami
The Deep End of the Universe

November 4, 2017–January 28, 2018
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
www.albrightknox.org

This monumental exhibition includes thirty-two paintings and a five-panel painting and exemplifies Takashi Murakami’s signature mix of traditional aesthetics and Japanese pop culture. The works, which are being debuted together for the first time, envelop the viewer in parallel arenas of riotous color and fields of gold.

Installation view, Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, November 4, 2017–January 28, 2018 © 2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Tom Loonan and Brenda Bieger, courtesy Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Installation view, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, 2017 © 2017 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 

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Takashi Murakami
The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

June 6–September 24, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
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The MCA presents a major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works—many of which are being shown in North America for the first time—to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings.

Installation view, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, 2017 © 2017 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 

Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

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Unpacking
The Marciano Collection

May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
marcianoartfoundation.org

Unpacking: The Marciano Collection is the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show are derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool is included.

Photo by Robert Wedemeyer