Influential Japanese Artist Takashi Murakami Takes over Tai Kwun
Why We Recommend it
Step into the wondrous world of Japanese star artist Takashi Murakami at MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a comprehensive and immersive survey exhibition featuring over 60 paintings and sculptures, video works, costume designs, and much more.
Taking over all art galleries at Tai Kwun, MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI showcases the multifaceted universe of, and intriguing paradoxes embodied in, the work and life of Takashi Murakami (b. 1962, Tokyo, Japan). One of the most influential artists in the world, Murakami has the ability to amaze as well as to confound, with a particular but subtle critique of contemporary culture. He also has an uncanny knack for reaching out far beyond the realm of contemporary art to a broader mainstream audience.
A wide range of his works are presented: from his large-scale post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces and contemplative Enso paintings, offering Buddhist visions of enlightenment. Also on view for the first time is a showcase of some of the artist’s outlandish and iconic costume designs, alongside other important video works, samples from his private contemporary art collection, as well as the artist’s spectacular wall and floor art.
Over the course of three months, Tai Kwun Contemporary will host a wide range of public programming and educational events on Takashi Murakami’s life and oeuvre, including frequent guided tours, educational workshops, public talks, anime and film screenings, among others. Videos by Takashi Murakami will be screened regularly on the Laundry Steps. The exhibition will also play host to a pop-up shop and a special public discussion with Takashi Murakami himself and Tobias Berger, Head of Art at Tai Kwun and co-curator of the exhibition.