© MURAKAMI – at the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum

© MURAKAMI – on display through July 13, 2008.

© MURAKAMI, the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, where it was on view from October 29, 2007 to February 11, 2008. Following the Brooklyn presentation, which will be the only other United States venue to house the retrospective, © MURAKAMI will travel to the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (October 27, 2008–January 4, 2009) and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (February–May 2009).

Takashi Murakami
DOB in the Strange Forest, 1999
FRP Resin, fiber glass, and acrylic
59 3/4 x 119 3/4 in.
Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Photo by Kazuo Fukunaga
©1999 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Courtesy Brooklyn Museum

Born in Tokyo in 1962, Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to emerge from Asia in the late twentieth century, creating a wide body of work that consciously bridges fine art, design, animation, fashion, and popular culture. Navigating between Japanese and American cultures, Takashi Murakami blends the bright palette of pop, the flatness of anime, and the ominous dreams of surrealism. Drawing upon Japan’s traditional lack of hierarchical distinction between fine art and craft, he has moved toward creating a new model where synergies between fine art and pop culture merge to create a new art form.

The exhibition explores the self-reflexive nature of Murakami’s oeuvre by focusing on earlier work produced between 1991 and 2000 in which the artist attempts to explore his own reality through an investigation of branding and identity, as well as on self-portraiture created since 2000.

In 1993, in a continuing project to brand his own identity, Murakami created an alter ego named DOB. As the complexities of Murakami’s examination of his own identity evolved, so did DOB, in painting and inflatable form, morphing from a strand of DNA to a balloon-like form with innocent eyes to a monster
with jagged fangs.

Installation view of © MURAKAMI at the Brooklyn Museum, 2008
Photo by GION
Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Courtesy Brooklyn Museum

\"Artwork ©2003‐2004, Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved \"
Takashi Murakami
Tongari‐kun and the Four Guards, 2003‐2004
Oil paint, acrylic, synthetic resins, fiberglass and iron
7000 mm
Installation at the Brooklyn Museum, 2008
Artwork ©2003‐2004, Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Courtesy Brooklyn Museum

Among the works included in this large-scale survey tracing the trajectory of Murakami’s artistic development are many of his acclaimed sculpture figures including the 23-foot-high Tongari-kun (2003-2004); Miss ko2 (1997), a long-legged waitress who has become one of the artist’s signature characters; Hiropon (1997), a Japanese girl jumping a rope created by milk squirting from her gargantuan breasts; DOB in the Strange Forest, (1999), in which a benign and innocent DOB figure encounters a group of menacing mushrooms; and Second Mission Project ko2 (2007), reprising the Miss ko2 character, now transformed into an android. Among the paintings on view will be Tan Tan Bo (2001), as well as Tan Tan Bo Puking— a.k.a Gero Tan (2002), in which DOB has evolved into a gigantic, sharp-toothed monster, with unknown substances oozing from his mouth; Flower Ball (3D) (2002), a decorative work comprising of dozens of Murakami’s famous flowers; and Superflat Jellyfish Eyes 1 and 2 (2003).

The Brooklyn presentation is coordinated by Deputy Director for Art Charles Desmarais and Associate Curator of Exhibitions Tumelo Mosaka. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue
co-published by Rizzoli International Publications, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Kaikai Kiki.

About The Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the United States. Its permanent holdings of more than one million objects range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art and represent almost every culture. The Museum places major emphasis on the quality of the visitor’s experience and on reaching out to new audiences through a wide range of traditional and nontraditional exhibitions, dynamic new installations for many permanent collection galleries, and an innovative schedule of public programs.


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