Takashi Murakami Opened a Gold Exhibition in Hong Kong ⇒ Drawing from traditional Japanese painting, sci-fi, anime, and the global art market, Takashi Murakami creates paintings, sculptures, and films populated by repeated motifs and mutating characters of his own creation. His wide-ranging work embodies an intersection of pop culture, history, and fine art. Now, the multi-talented artist opened an exhibit in Hong Kong where gold’s the main theme.
Takashi Murakami invites guests into a dark world of shiny gold, in an extensive exhibition exploring the multifaceted universe of the Japanese super-star artist. Titled ‘MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI,’ the exhibit is an immersive experience featuring more than 60 paintings and sculptures, plus drawings, video, and wall and floor art.
Since the early 1990s, Murakami has invented characters that combine aspects of popular cartoons from Japan, Europe, and the US—from his first Mr DOB, who sometimes serves as a stand-in for the artist himself, to various anime characters and smiling flowers, bears, and lions. These figures act as icons and symbols—hosts for more complex themes of violence, technology, and fantasy.
The main hall of the exhibition perfectly demonstrates the artist’s mélange of high and low, its highlight a large gold-leaf clad 4.5-metre-tall sculpture ‘the birth cry of a universe’, shown here for the first time in its final version after 14 years of preparation. It presents a majesty flustered and disturbed, collapsing under its own weight, resting on a floor decorated in skulls, which force visitors to traverse a scene of devastation— as visceral memento mori, an object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death.
here are also paintings inspired by British artist Francis Bacon’s surreal distorted works, meticulously detailed sketches in preparation for a painting of Tan Tan Bo, animated film, an alter-ego of Murakami based on a manga character by Mizuki Shigeru, and two large cartoon-like outdoor sculptures, KaiKai and Kiki. Even the pop-up store, where visitors can stock up on special edition badges, posters and plush flower cushions, stands out with a hyperstimulated skull-pattern carpet, mirrored black and silver wallpaper and neon wall art, in true Murakami fashion.
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