© MURAKAMI – Sensational exhibition ! at the MOCA


 

MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A.

© MURAKAMI – on display until Februray 11, 2008

 

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Tan Tan Bo, 2001, acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 141.7 x 212.6 x 2.6 in., collection of John A. Smith and Vicky Hughes, London, courtesy Tomio Koyama Gallery, © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., all rights reserved.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of internationally acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami. Born in Japan in the early 1960s, Murakami belongs to a generation of artists whose pictorial language brings together motifs linked to popular culture and the formal qualities of traditional Japanese art, such as flatness, pattern, and ornamentation. © MURAKAMI—on view at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA until February 11, 2008—features key selections that span Murakami’s entire career, including political works from the early 1990s, large-scale otaku-inspired figure projects of the late ’90s, and the ongoing evolution of Murakami’s anime alter ego.

As one of the most influential artists to emerge from postwar Japan, Murakami has created a vast body of work that has reached broad audiences—from art collectors to video-game obsessed teenagers. Much like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, Murakami’s practice is not only referential of pop culture, but his entire life is symbiotic with pop itself, creating a reciprocal relationship between high art and mass culture. Drawing upon imagery and personalities found in his day-to-day life—in both the United States and Japan—Murakami envisions characters with both fantastical and spiritual iconographies, which he painstakingly brings to life in painting, film, installation, or sculptural form. He then returns these creations to the marketplace through the production of various merchandise—such as key chains, stickers, and T-shirts, among other items.

 

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Takashi Murakami, Tan Tan Bo Puking – a.k.a. Gero Tan, 2002, acrylic on canvas mounted on board,141 3/4 x 283 7/16 x 2 5/8 in., Collection of Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann, courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin,Paris and Miami, ©2002 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition Highlights

More than 90 works in various media—painting, sculpture, installation, and film—will be installed in five sections, occupying over 35,000 square feet of exhibition space. The first portion will consist of Murakami’s acclaimed sculptural figures beginning with Miss Ko2 (1997), a thin, long-legged waitress aspiring to be a pop singer; Hiropon (1997), a wide-eyed Japanese girl jumping a rope formed from milk squirting out of her gargantuan breasts; and My Lonesome Cowboy (1998), a pubescent male nude wielding a spiraling white lasso—the product of semen ejaculated from his erect penis. In addition, this section will showcase a collection of new work, including Second Mission Project Ko2 (2007), a lavender sculpture that depicts Miss Ko2—one of the artist’s signature characters who has transformed into an android after being involved in a car accident. The second portion of the exhibition includes Murakami’s merchandise, displayed in an archival shelving system with hundreds of Murakami’s multiples and collectibles. Upstairs, and separate from this room will be a 1,000 square foot, fully operational Louis Vuitton store within and as part of the exhibition. The store will carry products specially created by Murakami and Louis Vuitton for the occasion, as part of the continuing collaboration initiated in 2000 by Marc Jacobs, Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.

 

 

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Takashi Murakami, installation view of Second Mission Project ko2 (1999) at Wonder Festival, Summer 2000, oil paint, acrylic, synthetic resins, fiberglass and iron, courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Miami, and Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, photo by Kazuo Fukunaga, ©1999 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

 

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Takashi Murakami, installation view of Summon monsters? Open the door? Heal? Or die?, Kaikai & Kiki, (2000), Time Bokan – pink, (2001), and Jellyfish Eyes (2001) at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2001, photo by Norihiro Ueno, courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Miami, and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, ©2001 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

 

About the Artist

Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1962 and currently lives and works in both Tokyo and Long Island City, New York. He received his bachelor of fine arts, master of fine arts, and doctoral degrees from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music. At MOCA, he curated Superflat (2000) and participated in Public Offerings (2001). His work has been featured in major solo museum exhibitions at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, and Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2001); and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (1999). His other solo exhibitions include: Gagosian Gallery, New York (May 1 to June 9, 2007); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2005); Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2004, 2000, 1998, and 1997); Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (2004, 1998, and 1996); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2003, 2001, and 1999); Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris (2003, 2001, and 1995); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000); Feature Inc., New York (1998 and 1996); SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo (1995 and 1994); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1993); Gallery Cellar, Nagoya (1993); and Roentgen Kunst Institut, Tokyo (1992 and 1991). Murakami’s work is currently in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Queensland Art Gallery; and Walker Art Center. In addition to his work as an artist, Murakami is a curator and entrepreneur.

 

Courtesy MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles


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