Earthquakes, skulls and sagas: new Takashi Murakami paintings and sculptures!

24 December 2014
Takashi Murakami’s “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow
Takashi Murakami’s “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow

For the few people who might have missed it: last month, the Japanese superstar artist and Famous-favorite Takashi Murakami opened a new show at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The show is called “IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW” and is full of dark and/or ominous works by Murakami, who – to most viewers – has become known for his bright Pop Art and “superflat” paintings.

Many of the paintings are filled with piles of skulls, demons and decay, and contain a fascination for traditional sagas and religion. Others offer a new interpretation of familiar themes, while there are also some truly spectacular sculptures. Murakami has told his audience that the direction his art has taken is result of his experiences during and after the big earthquake that hit Tokyo in March 2011.

“In totemic sculptures representing demons, religious sites, and self-portraits; and paintings that conflate classical Japanese techniques with Abstract Expressionist tropes, science-fiction, manga, and Buddhist and Shinto imagery, Murakami investigates the role of faith amid the inexorable transience and trauma of existence” his gallery writes.

From the people who’ve visited the show we have heard that it contains superb new works, which is why we would like to give you the opportunity to take another look. Visit the exhibition-website here.

All images by Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. and Gagosian Gallery, All Rights Reserved.


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