In early 2017, Astrup Fearnley Museet will present for the first time in Scandinavia, an exhibition focusing on the world-famous Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
The exhibition will not only feature his artworks, but will also present aspects of his activities as a collector, gallerist, businessman, and activist. In the last twenty years Murakami has been extremely visible on the international art scene but he has also taken an active role within the Japanese art world, redefining the position of the artist through his involvement in different arenas of society.
In this exhibition, the Astrup Fearnley Museum will concentrate on two periods in Murakami’s artistic development. There will be works from the late 1990s related to his creation of the figure ‘DOB’ and the notion of ‘Super flat,’ which place him within the legacy of Pop art but with an exceptionally original artistic language. Moreover, there will be a selection of works from recent years in which Murakami has developed an intelligent personal dialogue with Japanese historical paintings. A special room will be dedicated to his films and TV series. The exhibition will also include works by other artists from his personal collection and those whom he has discovered or promoted. In addition, there will be an important selection of his merchandising, which Murakami, more than any other artist, has developed, produced and propelled into the art world.
The curators are Gunnar B. Kvaran and Therese Mollenhoff. As is clear from the installation shots, there are a lot of familiar themes visible. There are references to the Blessed Lion iconography, while the 727 is of course present as well. We were also please to see a prominent position for the Red Demon and Blue Demon with 48 Arhats.
Takashi Murakami at Famous Amsterdam
Takashi Murakami is one of the leading contemporary Japanese artists and a favourite of international collectors. In his work he combines traditional Japanese imagery with (Japanese) pop culture. Murakami’s distinctive “Superflat” style challenges our ideas on secular and religious visual culture, while it is often both a commentary on, as well as a homage to the history of art.
Famous and Reflex Modern Art Gallery are proud to be able to offer one of the most varied collections of Murakami prints around. Explore our website and feel free to contact us with any questions.