Takashi Murakami’s “Superflat Collection” at the Yokohama Museum of Art

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Contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will be the latest to show his own private collection to the public, linking up with the Yokohama Museum of Art to present “Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection.”

Taking its name from the postmodern art movement Murakami himself founded, the exhibition promises to display a unique and diverse range of pieces from the likes of Edo period painter Soga Shōhaku, the multitalented Rosanjin, fellow modern pop artist Yoshitomo Nara and German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer.

Tickets for the display will be on sale from October 2 until November 30 while the “Superflat Collection” will officially open January 30, 2016 and remain on display through April 3.

Yokohama Museum of Art
3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Kanagawa, 220-0012
Japan

This exhibition is the first large-scale public showing of the renowned contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s private collection centered around contemporary art.

Murakami (b. 1962) received the first PhD in Nihonga (Japanese Painting) to be granted by the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts and has since come to be known worldwide for his extremely polished works blending contemporary art and traditional Japanese painting, high culture and pop culture, East and West. He has held a number of solo exhibitions at prestigious museums around the world.

While energetically pursuing his creativity as an artist, Murakami has also been active as a critic, curator, gallerist, and producer. In recent years, in particular, he has become an avid collector, acquiring a wide variety of artworks in and out of Japan with a perceptive eye and unique aesthetic sensibility. This little known collection, while loosely focused on contemporary art, includes old Japanese and Asian artifacts, European antiques, contemporary pottery, and folk art and crafts. Murakami’s guiding concept of Superflat not only refers to formal aspects he identifies with Japanese art, such as flatness of the picture plane and decorativeness, but also extends to a view of art that rejects hierarchical divisions between different artistic genres or eras and frees artistic activities from definitional boundaries. It is a dynamic, expansive concept that applies to the entirety of the artist’s life and activity as he wrestles with the big question, “What is art?” from various angles.

This exhibition of Murakami’s unique collection, with its overwhelming quantity and diversity, will provide an insight into the sources of the artist’s aesthetic ideas, the nature of art and desire, and the mechanisms that create value in contemporary society, while also encouraging viewers to question art’s conventional context.

Takashi Murakami unveils two new exhibitions for Tokyo and Yokohama

Legendary Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, has revealed that two new exhibitions of work will be shown in his homeland within the next twelve months. The 500 Arhats, a response to the 2011 Japan Earthquake, is to be exhibited at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo from October 31, 2015 to March 6, 2016 and Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection Soga Shohaku and Kitaoji Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer is to show for the first time at the Yokohama Museum of Art from January 30 to April 3 2016. Murakami, who recently collaborated on a collection with Vans, is also set to feature at Art Basel where Galerie Perrotin will present a solo show by the artist.

The subject of Murakami’s new art is one of the most famous motifs in Zen painting, the circle ensō that symbolizes emptiness, unity and infinity in Zen Buddhism. The 500 Arhats, a masterpiece stretching 100 meters by 3 meters in height represents the 500 wise followers who attained enlightenment, in Zen tradition. Keep an eye on Galerie Perrotin’s website for more details.

Vans announces Limited Edition Vault by Vans collection with Takashi Murakami

Having already teamed up with the likes of TWOTHIRDS, Sneakersnstuff and Taka Hayashi earlier in the year, Vans has announced a new forthcoming collaborative effort with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

Known for his vibrant anime-inspired artworks that often incorporate motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture, Murakami’s personal liking for wearing Vans’ classic Slip-On during work helped bring about this partnership, which will see a premium range of limited edition footwear, apparel and skate decks released in late June.

For more information on this collaboration, pick up the latest issue of the HYPEBEAST Magazine, in which certain details of this upcoming collection were revealed.

Takashi Murakami on ‘Juxtapoz’ Magazine’s 2015 July issue cover

Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, and Lionel Messi for UNICEF’s 1in11 Charity Campaign

Takashi Murakami collaborates with Belgian mint manufacturer Frisk on a limited edition collection of cases

Acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami adds to his extensive list of collaborations by pairing with Belgian mint manufacturer Frisk on a limited edition collection of cases. The three-part offering merges Murakami’s signature characters and color palette with one of Japan’s favorite confectionary brands.

Look for each of these to drop at Parisian retailer colette in the coming weeks.

 

Takashi Murakami “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is currently showcasing his major exhibition, titled ”In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow,” at Gagosian Gallery New York. A range of new paintings and sculptures was created as a result of Murakami’s exploration of Japanese art made following historic natural disasters.

Combining classical techniques with the latest technologies, the artworks feature elements of religious symbols, self-portraits, science fiction and manga imagery. The ”In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” exhibition will run until January 17, 2015, so make sure to check it out if you’re in the area.

 

Gagosian Gallery New York
555 W. 24th St.
New York, NY 10011
United States

 

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

 Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York

Image of Takashi Murakami "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" @ Gagosian Gallery New York