© 2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., All Rights Reserved
Works shown were exhibited at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles,
Takashi Murakami - Davy Jones’ Tear - 3 May to 14 June 2008
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki Co., a large-scale art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami’s work, Kaikai Kiki Co. functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of young Japanese artists. Murakami is also a curator, entrepreneur, and a critical observer of contemporary Japanese society. In 2000, he organized a paradigmatic exhibition of Japanese art titled Superflat, which traced the origins of contemporary Japanese visual pop culture to historical Japanese art. He has continued this work in subsequent exhibitions such as Coloriage (Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, 2002) and Little Boy: The Art of Japan’s Exploding Subcultures (Japan Society, New York, 2005).
Murakami’s work has been shown extensively in group exhibitions around the world, and in one-person exhibitions at leading institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001). The Brooklyn Museum of Art currently has on exhibit © MURAKAMI (April 5 – July 13, 2008), the most comprehensive retrospective to date of his work, this exhibition was organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where it was recently on view. In conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum exhibition, his seminal sculpture Oval Buddha is on view at the 590 Sculpture Garden (April 5 – September 7, 2008) in Manhattan. Because of its enormous scale, it was not possible for the 6,613 pound, 18 1/2 foot-tall sculpture to be included in the Brooklyn exhibition, but arrangements were made for the 590 Sculpture Garden presentation to coincide with the survey exhibition. © MURAKAMI will travel to the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (October 27, 2008-January 4, 2009) and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (February-May 2009).
Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
© MURAKAMI - Brooklyn Museum
© MURAKAMI - MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
© MURAKAMI - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
© MURAKAMI - Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris